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Weatherford at CPAC: Florida will reject Medicaid expansion




NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Introduced as the youngest House speaker in America, Florida Rep. Will Weatherford used a speech Saturday before a large gathering of conservative activists to double down on a promise to reject a federal expansion of Medicaid.

"They're trying to buy us off, one by one, but I am not buying it," Weatherford said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Florida will not buy it and America should not buy it. We will stand up to their inflexible plan and we'll work on our own solution, one that better reflects the needs and priorities of our state. Here's the bottom line: It's time for the states to take a stand."

Weatherford, 33, was called to CPAC as part of a panel of 10 conservatives under 40 years old, designed to show off a youthful direction of the Republican Party. (story here. Video: Weatherford meets the press.)


[Last modified: Sunday, March 17, 2013 3:57pm]


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