Adam Putnam critical of expanding Medicaid under Obamacare

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Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam spoke to members of the Florida Retail Federation Thursday morning. But before beginning his remarks, he took a moment to criticize the idea of expanding Medicaid coverage in Florida under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Putnam said the following:

“It’s extremely disappointing to learn that Florida may take on billions in additional costs to taxpayers by expanding Medicaid coverage.

With over three million Floridians already enrolled in Medicaid, Florida cannot afford to foot the bill for millions more.

We will not be able to undo the expansion of Medicaid after enrollment has exploded and the federal government begins to shift the cost to the states.

Over the next ten years, Florida taxpayers will be forced to pay more than $5 billion to cover the cost of Medicaid expansion.

The expansion of Medicaid is not an investment in our future, does not create jobs and does not strengthen our infrastructure. Furthermore, it is not free.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.