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Happytown: Will Weatherford attacks state pensions and Medicaid

New Florida House Speaker flails and flip-flops on his stance on critical safety-net issues

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Which leads us to our other Weatherford gripe. The speaker, who is no stranger to really bad times (his brother died as an infant from brain cancer in 1995), joined his House brethren on March 4 in opposing Medicaid expansion, despite Gov. Rick Scott's flip-flop on the matter the week before. The problem with that, it turns out, is Weatherford's family – specifically his father – admitted that a Medicaid program had helped the Weatherfords out to the tune of $100,000 during the medical crisis. So, out of one side of his mouth, Weatherford was declaring the need for a "safety net" as session began, as long as it wasn't Medicaid expansion, while out of the other, he was backpedaling and denying until he was finally called on it.

"It is not surprising that recollections would be cloudy surrounding a time of great sorrow and difficulty," he said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "Now that the safety net that benefited my family has been clearly identified, I trust that the debate can return to the important question of Medicaid expansion and its impact on the economic and personal freedom of America." Yeah, because what was good for me is not good for you. We're through, Weatherford.

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