Fla.’s Gubernatorial Candidates At Odds Over Medicaid Expansion
Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-Democrat, says he will consider using an executive order to expand the program for low-income Floridians.
The Miami Herald: Rick Scott, Charlie Crist Split On Medicaid Expansion
As he gains momentum in the race for governor, Charlie Crist is driving a conversation on Medicaid expansion. The Republican-turned-Democrat has become such a fervent supporter of the policy that he said he would consider using an executive order to get it done (McGrory, 10/12).
The Associated Press: Scott, Crist Weigh In On Medicaid Expansion
If former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist gets his old job back, he promises to expand Medicaid to roughly 1 million low-income residents by calling a special session of the Legislature or through an executive order. If Gov. Rick Scott is re-elected, the decision will be once again left to the Legislature with little meddling from him. The debate over Medicaid expansion, a key part of President Barack Obama's health law, has been contentious in the campaign leading up to the Nov. 4 election. The Sunshine State has one of the highest uninsured rates in the country. That pent-up demand was clear as nearly 1 million Floridians bought private insurance through the federal health marketplace when it opened a year ago. But another million fell into a gap: too poor to qualify for tax credits in the marketplace, yet earning too much to qualify for Medicaid (Kennedy, 10/12).