Atwater expects Legislature to reject, but says Medicaid expansion may be 'inevitable'
“They may delay this—a ‘No’ is not a ‘No’ forever,” he said. “They can join anytime… I believe they’re going to pass [on the expansion]—that’s my take," he said. "And then I think, as the stresses begin to fall like, again, LIP being diminished, this is going to cause great stress to that choice. And, I don’t know, the inevitable, it may be, no matter what people think, happens.”
“I realize where we are. I realize all that’s been said and I realize there’s been elections and there been rulings,” said
“Just the growth of the present system is going to either require revenue, or something to change,”
The CFO said that he is concerned with the higher costs associated with expansion, but also worried that the current path—sans expansion—could lead
House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, spoke out against the Medicaid expansion during a speech opening the legislative session on Monday.
“I am opposed to Medicaid expansion because I believe it crosses the line of the proper role of government,” he said to the Florida House, which officially voted against the expansion on Monday.
Scott has come out in favor of expanding Medicaid, at least for the first three years while the federal government pays for 100 percent of the cost.
During his State of the State speech Tuesday, he said “I cannot, in good conscience, deny the uninsured access to care,” leading to an awkward situation in which Democrats broke out into raucous applause and Scott’s own caucus sat stone-faced.
A spokesperson for
"The CFO does not support the expansion of Medicaid in our state. He believes that the federal government will continue to put financial stress on states that don't expand Medicaid in an attempt to force expansion. Instead