Daytona News-Journal: Scott right to be wary of Medicaid expansion
Tallahassee officials are talking with federal officials about expanding Medicaid, the health care program for the poor that’s jointly funded by the federal and state governments. Let’s hope they don’t break the Florida budget in the process.
The feds pick up about 57 percent of the tab for the Medicaid program, on average.
Pressure is on Gov. Rick Scott to yield to the will of President Barack Obama and expand Medicaid as the Affordable Care Act, which is usually called “Obamacare,” requests. The expansion itself is generously paid for by the federal taxpayers for the first few years.
But then, by mid-decade, the expansion funding for Medicaid slows down. That rightfully concerns Scott and legislators in Tallahassee.
Scott wants Medicaid to operate more like the private health care market. He favors a managed-care program that would allow private insurers to handle the bills.
Regardless of what is discussed, Scott and Republicans in Tallahassee should not agree to any expansion that threatens the Florida state budget, which has been tough to manage under current economic conditions.