What Rick Scott Really Did

In agreeing to expand Medicaid, the Florida governor got a concession from the Obama administration: He can complete the current effort to privatize Medicaid. From the Tampa Bay Times:

His [Scott's] endorsement of the expansion came hours after the federal government agreed to grant Florida a conditional waiver to privatize Medicaid statewide for the state’s more than 3 million current recipients, more than half of which are children or people under age 21.

That was courtesy of Robert Laszewski, who adds that:

Scott has now proved an important point.

The Obama administration will deal.

See this NCPA report and this James Madison Institute report by Michael Bond who co-authored a guide to reforming Medicaid, which served as the framework for Florida’s original path-breaking Medicaid reform waiver.

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  1. Studebaker says:

    Robert Laszewski: Scott has now proved an important point.

    The Obama administration will deal.

    Maybe the Administration will deal; but the price to Florida taxpayers is too high.

  2. Merm says:

    Studebaker,
    Florida is populated by rich old white people who can’t figure out a voting box. No price is too high.

  3. Greg Scandlen says:

    As much as I hate to disagree with my friend, Mike Bond, what Florida means by Medicaid “privatization” is putting everyone into HMOs. They would have been better following Indiana.

  4. Angel says:

    I am not sure how this will work…

  5. Gabriel Odom says:

    I have family in Florida; I am looking forward to hearing their take on this.

  6. John Kumar says:

    It be interesting to see how the scenario in Florida plays out. I know that they have a large aging population, and with a growing need for health services, and so, how they deliver to such growing demands will be crucial.

  7. Patel says:

    If I remember correctly, Rick Scott was part of a scandal in health care sometime back. I am skeptical of such figures who have a corrupt past.