Weatherford slams Medicaid expansion in op-ed

Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:51 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — The decision by Florida lawmakers not to expand Medicaid may be a stalled issue heading into the 2014 legislative session with Republican House Speaker Will Weatherford signaling in a recent editorial he hasn't changed his mind.

Weatherford told The Florida Times-Union that Medicaid is a flawed system that doesn't help the poor and echoed concerns from fellow conservatives that the federal government would not keep its promise to foot the bill.

The Obama administration has promised states they will pay for 100 percent of the expanded program the first three years and 90 percent after that. Officials estimate more than 1 million Floridians would be eligible.

In the editorial, Weatherford took a dig at Obama, saying, "We didn't fall for the Washington promise that, 'If you like your Medicaid funding, you can keep your Medicaid funding.'"

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