Posted: 05/06/15 19:05
by Dave Mindeman
It is frustrating to watch the absurdity that Republican office holders use to make health care a political punching bag rather than moving it toward its intended purpose - helping people with their medical needs.
The latest absurdity comes from Gov. Rick Scott in Florida. He has a budget problem and it comes from health care for the uninsured.
He blames the Federal Government:
"The federal government should not just completely cut off a federal program for low-income families that has been working for years," he said.
What Scott is talking about is....
At a meeting on Wednesday, Scott urged Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell to keep federal funds flowing for a "Low Income Pool," a $2.2 billion program that uses local tax funds to draw down $1.3 billion in federal funding.
This pool was a temporary measure. And the solution was that this pool of uninsured people would be eligible for the expanded Medicaid provision in the ACA. The Feds would pay for the program - all Rick Scott had to do was accept it.
But because Florida Republicans wanted to make the ACA a front and center political issue, they refused the expansion. They were going to show Obama that they would not yield.
Only they miscalculated because without that money their budget was going to get worse and worse until the present time when Rick Scott is out there begging for Federal help.
He could still solve his problem and accept the Medicaid expansion, but now he has to deal with a rigid Republican legislature which won't budge. They adjourned without fixing the problem and now Scott has to call a special session with no agreement in the works.
If Rick Scott refuses the Medicaid expansion solution, he expects the Federal Government to renew a program that they have already cancelled and to do it with new money - rather than the already appropriated money that would come from activating the ACA provision on Medicaid.
This is absolute stupidity and stubborness.
But that is the method of Republicans these days - rather than do what is in the best interest of their constituents, they would rather play partisan political games that mess with the real lives of real people.