American Bridge video attacks Rick Scott on VA hypocrisy

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Gov. Rick Scott has been making much hay on the campaign trail with all the talk about veterans’ health care and the recent finding of institutional problems at the Veteran’s Administration.

The governor, in his rounds on the campaign trail, has been quick to bash the federal government, demanding that they do everything they can to get veterans the care they merit.

As for criticizing the VA, Florida Democrats say to Scott “not so fast.”

In a new digital video produced by the progressive American Bridge 21st Century, they point out Rick Scott’s hypocrisy as he pays lip service to those who have served while 41,000 veterans “in his own backyard” have no access to Medicaid, simply because Florida lawmakers refuse to expand the program.

“Expanding Medicaid is not going to help the citizens of Florida,” Scott says during an interview with Fox News. “This is an expansion that doesn’t make any sense.”

The group agrees that the nation’s veterans deserve nothing but the best, which should include access to quality health care.

They ask why Rick Scott remains adamant on not taking action on Medicaid expansion, which denies health care coverage to veterans –the very same veterans he claims he says he supports.

American Bridge is a research and communications organization based in Washington D.C., formed to keep Republicans accountable for their words and actions. Conservative-turned-liberal activist David Brock founded the organization in November 2010. Once self-described as a right-wing hit man,” Brock changed into a liberal crusader. In 2004, Brock also founded liberal website Media Matters, which monitors the media for “conservative misinformation.”

The 40-second video is also available on YouTube.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.