Americans for Prosperity says AIF/Chamber “misguided” on Medicaid expansion

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Last week two of Florida’s largest business advocates, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), came out in support of Medicaid expansion.

That’s not sitting well with Americans for Prosperity.

“It is unfortunate that both the Chamber and AIF would take positions on Medicaid expansion that are clearly not in the best interest of Florida’s business community,” said AFP-Florida’s State Director Slade O’Brien. “Medicaid increases healthcare costs for the privately insured, which will increase costs for employers as well as billions of dollars in liabilities for all of Florida’s taxpayers.  These two organizations seem driven by the limited interest of their healthcare industry board members and not the policies that will help all of Florida’s business community.” 

O’Brien points to two different polls showing a majority of Florida voters oppose Medicaid expansion. The first poll, released by the James Madison Institute, showed that 63 percent of Floridians don’t trust the Federal government to keep their funding level promises.  The second poll, released by the Foundation for Government Accountability, adds that voters are less likely to vote for their current elected official in the next election if they support expanding Medicaid. 

“Floridians demand that the legislature reject Medicaid expansion and Florida’s businesses should be doing the same,” O’Brien continued. “Expanding this costly program would increase costs for everyone and force a million people into a failing system that provides subpar healthcare services. Last week the Florida House decided rightly to reject expansion. Hopefully the Senate will follow their lead. This is not a decision that can be made in a vacuum — the future costs of expanding Medicaid today will have a devastating impact on the welfare of our state, our children and our grandchildren.”

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.