Time was, Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) reigned as a right-wing folk hero. Florida's Tea Partiers drank up his anti-Obama rhetoric like it was free prune juice at a blue plate special. He vetoed $600 million in funding for homeless veterans, death paneled the Florida Innocence Commission and generally competed with "Florida Man" for the worst headlines generated by a citizen of the Sunshine State. And yet there is no joy in Tea Party land:
Erick Erikson: "It is a sad day for conservatives."
Ace of Spades: "Scott just agreed to kill the state of Florida."
Philip Kein: "…waving the white flag is an accurate description of Scott's decision."
The source of all this right-wing bellyaching–the one condition exacerbated by Obamacare–is Scott's decision to enroll poor Floridians in an expansion of Medicaid financed by the Affordable Care Act.
Now, why would he do such a thing? Is it because he's thinking about his 2014 relection campaign? Is he concerned about hospital lobbyists, or the fact that Joe Biden knows where he lives?
Maybe it has something to do with a health care services company called Solantic:
The Florida governor founded Solantic in 2001, only a few years after he resigned as the CEO of hospital giant Columbia/HCA amid a massive Medicare fraud scandal. In January, according to the Palm Beach Post, he transferred his $62 million stake in Solantic to his wife, Ann Scott, a homemaker involved in various charitable organizations.
It's too soon to say if Scott has found religion, but there's a pretty good chance he's found an angle.
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Tags: Florida, Health Care, Obamacare, Rick Scott
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On January 1, 400 new federal laws took effect. Meanwhile, state legislatures passed 29,000 bills and resolutions, many of which came into force on the first of the year. Local government added thousands of new laws.
Ignorance is no excuse, so start cramming on all the weird new regulations you have to follow as of Tuesday:
Tags: Alcohol, Animals, California, Children, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, Sex, State Legislature
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