FL conservatives deal Gov. Scott's Medicaid expansion a blow

Governor Rick Scott's proposal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare has hit a snag in the Florida legislature. Conservatives on the House committee charged with approving the expansion rejected it instead. Reuters: Florida Governor Rick Scott's plan to expand Medicaid coverage to cover about 1 million more poor people suffered a setback on Monday when the proposal failed to make it out of a key state legislative committee hearing. On the eve of convening of the 2013 session, the House Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rejected the expansion. A Senate counterpart committee postponed consideration of the issue, which is sure to be one of the biggest controversies of the session. Scott, a Republican who bitterly fought President Barack Obama's national healthcare plan as a candidate and in his first two years as governor, stunned conservative supporters on Feb. 20 when he endorsed a three-year expansion of Medicaid, provided the federal government...(Read Full Post)