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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We live in the land of the free, which means we're free to ban just about anything we don't like. In 2012 Americans dropped the ban hammer on public nuisances from goose livers to "gateway sexual activity."
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With so much misinformation floating around on the Internet, it's hard to know who to trust when it comes to your health. Here — with the help of members of the House Committee on Science and Technology, medical doctors and assorted experts on the business of ladybusiness — is an assemblage of the cutting-edge science you won't find on WebMD. Call it WebGOP.
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When the Daily Kos poll has Romney up by four points nationally, you know shit is getting real. Nate Silver still has Obama eking out a narrow lead in state polls, but there is no denying that election could swing either way at this point. And, considering how much damage the President did to his poll numbers with his performance in the first presidential debate, I don't think it's assuming too much to say that any clear winner from tonight's debate could very well walk off stage as a frontrunner.
With that in mind, let's take a few moments to consider all the things that hang in the balance of tonight's debate. Or, more precisely, let's take seven moments to consider seven things that hang in the balance…
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