Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant issued a statement saying “sometimes there are no words” after Gov. Rick Scott told reporters he supported Medicaid expansion in 2013 because the state had just gotten approval from the federal government to expand its mandatory managed care program for three years.
“The lengths to which Rick Scott will go to mislead the public are disgusting,” she said in a release. “Shame is not a strong enough word.”
In a press availability on Thursday Scott avoided directly answering whether he “lied” when he supported Medicaid expansion to childless adults in 2013, making national headlines. Scott answered the questions by saying “it was the day we were able to get our waivers done from CMS for a Medicaid program that we revised.”
He was referencing tentative approval from the federal government to extend the 1115 waiver for an additional three years and the Low Income Pool — which is part of the waiver.
Scott reiterated his support for Medicaid expansion on the campaign trail in 2014 but reversed his position this session.
Florida is trying to get its supplemental Medicaid financing program extended beyond June 30. The governor has expressed frustration with the negotiations sued the federal government in Pensacola court for “coercing” the state into a Medicaid expansion.
Reporter James Call contributed to this report.