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White House on the economic impact of refusing to expand Medicaid

Florida politicians still skeptical about benefit of providing assistance

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“I applaud the governors and state legislatures of both parties who have done the right thing and expanded Medicaid in their states, and I urge the governors and state legislatures who have not yet expanded Medicaid to put their constituents’ health over partisan politics and give millions more Americans the access to affordable health care they deserve.”

– President Barack Obama




Number of new jobs the White House Council of Economic Advisers estimates that Florida would gain through 2017 if the state expanded its Medicaid progra


$15 billion

Amount Florida would receive from the federal government through 2016 if the Medicaid program were to be expanded. $51 billion would come to the state over the period of a decade



Number of people whose healthcare would be completely covered by the federal government through 2016 if the governor and Legislature opted to expand Medicaid

Will work for health care

While our minds were spinning last week over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow the crocheted crucifix cabal at Hobby Lobby to relieve women of their healthcare rights for fun and profit, another function of the Affordable Care Act – namely, its benefit to states should they expand their Medicaid programs and close the coverage gap – was getting a proper, if somewhat muted, hearing. On July 2, the White House via its Council of Economic Advisers unleashed the rather sad sounding “Missed opportunities: The consequences of state decisions not to expand Medicaid” report, which, as you might guess, simulates the wag of a fiscal and/or medical finger in the face of the conservative governors who refused to take part in the President’s absurd and corrupt scheme to make sure that everyone has healthcare. How very dare he?

It should be noted that there was more context to the report’s release than just the aggregate of your Facebook feed’s rhetorical explosions (microbursts that likely leapt from a Hobby Lobby boycott to being uninvited home for the holidays because we don’t talk politics over turkey, disowned spawn-thing). Only a day after the report was released – a report that hung its value largely around the 63,800 jobs that Medicaid expansion could have brought Florida over three years were the governor and legislators so benevolently inclined – news broke that national unemployment was down to 6.1 percent, capping off a record-setting 52-month growth spurt for the economy under President Barack Obama. Why, it was only in May that Tallahassee was bemoaning the loss of 18,000 jobs under Gov. Rick Scott’s more-money-for-the-rich regime. We got on the wrong side of the escalator!

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