Republican Florida Governor Backs Medicaid Expansion

In a statement, Rick Scott says he'll only approve ObamaCare-driven shift for three years


Florida Governor Rick Scott backed a limited expansion of healthcare coverage for the poor on Wednesday, joining six other Republican governors who have agreed to the move under President Barack Obama's landmark reform law.

Scott, a vocal critic of the law known as Obamacare who had balked at expanding Medicaid, only agreed to the expansion after the federal government granted Florida a conditional waiver to privatize Medicaid statewide.

Scott said in a statement that he would only agree to the expansion for three years, however, while the federal government picks up all the costs.