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Florida Republicans eyeing federal health care handout after all

Low Income Pool gives conservatives another chance to circumvent Obamacare

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But next month, the state (and its Republican leadership) plan to put their hands out to the feds in order to address the problem their own obstinacy created. The state already has a federally funded Low Income Pool program, and receives about $1.4 billion a year in supplemental Medicaid monies that are basically a Band-Aid for a broken system. Last month, deputy secretary for Medicaid at the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration Justin Senior started making noise that we should up our request to $3 billion a year (California gets $5 billion; Texas gets $7.5 billion). Now the issue goes to House committee members, who will be in charge of allocating the federal dollars, should they be received.

So, whereas we stood to gain $5 billion a year for the Medicaid expansion that has made the ACA relatively successful already in more humane states, now we are clandestinely requesting $3 billion a year to do effectively the same thing.

Well, as long as nobody’s pride got hurt. Pass the tea.

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