Florida House Committee Blocks Medicaid Expansion

A key committee in the Florida House of Representatives on Monday rejected an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program as proposed by Gov. Rick Scott (R) last month, Reuters reports:

On the eve of convening of the 2013 session, the House Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rejected the expansion. A Senate counterpart committee postponed consideration of the issue, which is sure to be one of the biggest controversies of the session.

Republicans currently hold majorities of 26-14 in the Senate and 76-44 in the House. They remain firmly opposed to ‘Obamacare,’ which leaves the choice to expand the program up to the nation’s governors. Eight Republican governors, including Scott, have so far signaled their intent to expand Medicaid.

Correction: Republicans hold a 26-14 majority in the Florida Senate, not 28-12. We regret the error.

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