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63,000 New Florida Jobs With Medicaid Expansion, Says White House

Despite calls from the Obama administration and American Medical Association to expand Medicaid, Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t budge.

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott continues to refuse Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. (Image credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore)
Fla. Gov. Rick Scott continues to refuse Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. (Image credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

If The White House is right, Medicaid expansion for Florida’s low-income residents will create jobs.

According to a Wednesday report from the Tampa Bay Times, the Obama administration says covering more Sunshine State residents under Medicaid will add more than 63,000 jobs to the regional economy.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, survived a Supreme Court challenge in 2012 in an ideological 5-4 split decision, conservative Chief Justice John Roberts considered the deciding vote in upholding the legislation.

Most states in Northeast and Western U.S. have instituted some form of a state exchange system mandated under the law, but 24 have yet to adopt the measure or institute an analogous Medicaid expansion for poorer residents who can’t afford out-of-pocket healthcare costs or employer-based medical coverage.

According to White House numbers, over 800,000 Florida residents are uninsured.

The American Medical Association, the foremost association of licensed physicians in America, says uninsured patients visiting medical facilities “strain individual, business, and government budgets.”

As previously reported in Patch, Gov. Rick Scott continues to refuse to expand Medicaid, costing the state considerable public funding to subsidize a state healthcare exchange.

If Florida expands Medicaid under the President’s plan, Washington pledges to fund the 100 percent of costs for the first three years of implementation, and 90 percent thereafter.

Scott is in a re-election contest which is expected to pit him against the state’s last governor, Charlie Crist, in a gubernatorial battle scheduled for Nov. 4.
tina July 03, 2014 at 05:48 PM
Canary, we aren't into suing we are in to let these doctor's know they did wrong, so they are a where of it and so they can look into all kind of diseases and illnesses that are out there. Coming to knowing the illness that my husband has most doctors does not know what it is. Which is very sad when they should know. I rather educate and bring things to people's awareness so they can learn from their mistakes.
tina July 03, 2014 at 10:11 PM
Barbara Scherer, if you have income less then 400.00 a month then you get Medicaid. We already talked with Medicaid office since my husband been disabled. With a family of three with the income he has which is not much it's enough to keep a roof over our heads, the main bills that have to be paid and pay for our own doctor appointments that our doctors do work with us on with no health insurance. They told us if he was making 400.00 a month then yes he would be able to get Medicaid but he doesn't. Just our son gets the Medicaid.
Barbara Scherer July 04, 2014 at 08:39 AM
Tina - That's terrible. While our government can send zillions of dollars overseas, they can't take care of their own. There are so many poor and homless people in this country and it is a crime. Then we have thousands of kids at the border trying to get in here plus all the illegals taxing our system all the more. I say get our people out of these wars that will never end and use that money to support people like yourself who are struggling for their next meal. The only jobs that have been created during this presidency are part-time with no benefits. Who is that going to help? You are in my prayers that things will change for the better for you.
tina July 04, 2014 at 06:05 PM
Barbara Scherer, thank you. It is terrible. I totally agree it's sad all around we have our veteran's who are homeless, being medically neglected. We need to stop and help our people first and for most. I believe it will change for us some day soon, just going to allow God to deal with it since He is in control. Hope you have a wonderful day.
ssm July 06, 2014 at 12:06 PM
And.......Scott continues to make bad decisions for Florida residents. His body language (along with his mouth) tells the story. For those of you who want change..........vote for a change.

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