Gov. Rick Scott of Florida is once again inflating the cost of a Medicaid expansion although he's knows the accounting is based upon false documentation.
Gov. Rick Scott says he opposes expanding Florida Medicaid because it would cost too much: $63 billion over 10 years, he says, with the state paying $26 billion of that.
But those numbers are based on a flawed report, state budget analysts say. A series of e-mails obtained by Health News Florida shows the analysts warned Scott’s office the numbers were wrong weeks ago, but he is still using them."
It is hard to comprehend why so many conservative governors and congressmen are opposed to healthcare that will deflate healthcare expenses rather than increase them. The key element to this is the preventive care such as immunizations, colonoscopies, mammograms as well as screenings for hypertension and diabetes. Yet the first proposal by Michele Bachmann on the congressional floor was to again (after 33 prior failed attempts) try to repeal "Obamacare".
"The 113th Congress is officially up and running, and many people are hoping it’s out with the old and on with the new. Unfortunately, things kicked off with a dose of old news. As it turns out, the first bill introduced into the new session is yet another attempt to repeal Obamacare. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann led the charge and took to Twitter to spread the word:"
Gleefully touting the nullification of healthcare by Rep. Bachmann (via twitter) is morally reprehensible. When lawmakers are more concerned about the profit margins and tax cuts for large corporations than the well-being of their citizens...what type of message is this sending world-wide?
Gov. Rick Scott has proposed more corporate tax cuts and exemptions while refusing to advocate for Medicaid expansion.
"In his first year in office, Scott raised the exemption from $5,000 to $25,000, then followed up in 2012 by doubling the exemption to $50,000. One of Scott's campaign pledges was to eliminate the corporate income tax, which provides about 8 percent of the state's annual general revenue.
How can we travel overseas questioning the treatment of people in foreign countries like Libya, Iran, Syria or Tunisia when our own government officials don't want to provide healthcare for the poor citizens in our nation? Hopefully it won't take a world-wide pandemic before lawmakers realize that the well-being of a nation's citizens should take precedence over corporate tax cuts.