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Gov. Scott won't get 'stuck' with Medicaid expansion sticker

Gov. Rick Scott spent some time Thursday glad-handing with lawmakers on the House floor, and showing a little gratitude for their approval of a sales tax break for manufacturing equipment. But when the governor worked his way to the back of the room, Democrats changed the subject to Medicaid expansion, having just heard that the state of West Virginia has decided to expand Medicaid and take federal money for it.

Scott agrees with Democrats on the need to expand Medicaid in Florida, including accepting $51 billion in federal money. House Democrats have been wearing lapel stickers that say "Health Care for Florida Families." They tried to get Scott to wear one, even briefly -- but he wouldn't.

Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg, offered Scott an extra sticker but the governor demurred.

"I thought it would be very symbolic, and show great solidarity with Floridians that need health care," Dudley said. "We wanted to remind him of health care and keep him on the thing that he says that he wants that we'd like to see him doing more to support."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 2:58pm]


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