Tags: Scott | jobs | Medicaid | CBS

Gov. Scott: Focus Should Be on Jobs, Not Medicaid

Thursday, 05 Jul 2012 02:27 PM

By Dan Weil

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott explained his decision to keep his state out of the healthcare reform law’s Medicaid expansion Thursday, saying his focus should be on jobs.

“The most important thing is working on getting everybody a job,” Scott told CBS’ “This Morning."

“We have 800,000 people out of work, but we’ve had a drop in unemployment, that’s the most important thing we can do,” Scott said, according to Politico.

Obamacare required states to expand Medicaid or face a cutback in federal funding. But the Supreme Court ruled last week that the federal government can’t punish states that refuse to adopt Obamacare’s Medicaid eligibility rules.

Medicaid is expanding so fast that it’s taking money away from education, Scott said. “Medicaid is growing at 3.5 times our general revenue. So it’s making it difficult to fund our K-through-12 education.

“If you talk to the citizens, they want a job, they want to make sure their kids can get a great education. Every time we expand Medicaid, we make it more difficult to fund our education system, which is very important to our citizens.”

Medicaid expansion also is making it more difficult for Scott to work on creating jobs, he said.

“That’s what I’m focused on, getting our citizens jobs to afford insurance. This expansion will cost the federal government, which is our tax money, and the state a lot of money. We can’t afford it.”

Scott said the Medicaid expansion is similar to President Barack Obama’s stimulus program. “They put money into the education system and then took it away, and our schools relied on it,” he said. “I don’t want to do the same thing to our citizens.”


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Hillary Clinton Rallies NC Democrats for Hagan

Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 19:05 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged North Carolina Democrats on Saturday to work to re-elect Sen. Kay . . .

Poll Watchers on Both Sides Keeping Close Eye on Voter ID Laws

Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 16:41 PM

Poll watchers for both liberal and conservative groups will be battling over voter ID laws on Election Day, with Democra . . .

NJ Gov. Christie Back Again in Iowa

Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 16:12 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie returned to Iowa on Saturday to headline one of the biggest events on the state's politic . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved