florida woman denied medicaid sees governor rick scott and can’t even

Rick Scott for Florida, Rick Scott for Governor

Now, I’m not this type of person. I’m pretty insular, try to be polite under most circumstances, and generally feel uncomfortable in confrontational situations.

But when I think you’re right, I think you’re right (emphasis mine and, to be honest, clearly her’s):

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) received a scalding reception during a visit to a Starbucks in Gainesville, Florida, Tuesday, when a woman confronted him for refusing to expand Medicaid to low-income residents.

“You cut Medicaid, so I couldn’t get Obamacare,” shouted the woman in an exchange. “You’re an asshole. You don’t care about working people. … You should be ashamed to show your face around here.”

Scott has been a vocal opponent of Obamacare, but he has gone back and forth on the Medicaid expansion made possible by the law. In 2012, he said he was against it. Then he shocked people and said he was for it in 2013. But last year, he said he opposes it, arguing that the state could not “take on even more federal programs.”

Technically, yes, Scott didn’t “cut” Medicaid. He only actively encouraged last year’s effort by Florida House Republicans to ensure that poor folks in the state couldn’t get access to health care. Of course his administration made it clear that he wanted federal funding for indignant medical care, but not if it meant accepting the Medicaid expansion contained in the Affordable Care Act. And really who can blame him given his indignation over the law causing some folks to notice they already qualified for benefits. The gall, after all.



One response to “florida woman denied medicaid sees governor rick scott and can’t even

  1. Pingback: how to know you got under Florida Governor Rick Scott’s skin | Punditocracy·

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