Jeb Bush privately told Florida Republicans to oppose Medicaid expansion

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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush recently huddled with Republican state legislators and urged them to oppose an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, reports Robert Costa of National Review

… “Everyone was listening to what he had to say, because at the time, no one was entirely sure about how Scott was going to proceed,” says a source familiar with Bush’s remarks. “He said that rejecting the Obamacare expansion was good policy, and told them to come up with some conservative alternatives.”

… “He was there to talk about education, but when he was asked about Medicaid, it was clear where he stood,” says a second source. “He’s a policy guy, and much of what he said was about that. He thinks Republicans should counter” with other proposals.

Sources close to Bush don’t expect the popular former governor to rally against Scott in the coming weeks, since he usually avoids becoming involved in partisan debates or intra-party battles. 

Relations between Bush and Scott are, according to sources, cordial but chilly. When Bush was at the state capitol, he did not meet with Scott. According to the Associated Press, “Bush’s staff offered six different times for a possible meeting,” but the governor’s staff told Bush’s advisers that the governor was unavailable.

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