Florida Descends Into Budget Chaos As Republicans Squabble Over Medicaid Expansion


Although Florida has a Republican Governor, and the GOP controls both houses of the state legislature, state lawmakers appear destined to fail to pass a state budget when the legislative session ends on Friday. Republicans are proving themselves incapable of passing a simple budget resolution. In-party bickering over Medicaid expansion has derailed budget talks and all but guaranteed that no resolution will be reached any time soon.

The pragmatic Republican-controlled Florida State Senate wants to accept federal Medicaid funding to extend health care to more than 800,000 uninsured low-income Floridians. However, the more dogmatic GOP-controlled House and Republican Tea Party Governor Rick Scott are opposed to the plan, creating a budget impasse between the warring factions.

Florida voters are bearing the consequences of one-party rule under a party that is increasingly divided between traditional conservatives who still believe in governing, and hardcore ideologues who are more interested in appeasing anti-Obama Tea Party constituents in deep red House districts.

The anti-Obama nihilism of the House faction, aided and abetted by Governor Rick Scott, threatens to deny 800,000 Floridians affordable health care. In addition, the intransigence of right-wing lawmakers has also sent the entire budget process spiraling into chaos, with no resolution in sight.

In the current polarized political environment, it is easy for lawmakers to win election by appealing to conservatives with anti-government rhetoric. However, in practice those same lawmakers, once elected, ironically prove their point by demonstrating that they are incapable of governing. While their incompetence may further fuel anti-government ideology, it should come at the cost of creating a backlash against the elected officials spouting the rhetoric now that they are the government.

Whether Florida voters will wise up and throw Republican lawmakers out in 2016 remains to be seen. However, it has become clear that although the Florida Republican Party has one-party control of the state government, they are simply unable and unwilling to govern.


16 Replies to “Florida Descends Into Budget Chaos As Republicans Squabble Over Medicaid Expansion”

  1. Florida is only an example of what America would be like under a GOP president. Take heed people, this can’t be what you really want.

  2. Once the inmates take over the asylum you can expect
    government to work like the sunshine state’s. Ditto here
    in red-as-a-baboon’s butt north cackalacky.

  3. This becomes a national problem if we elect a republican president. The people in the red states have go to stop listening to republican bullsht and vote these SOBs out on their ass.

  4. AGREE, BernieinMD, If the SANE people of America do not get out and VOTE IN 2016, this whole nation will be as big a CLUSTER F**K” as Florida, NC, SC, Texas and all the rest of the “BIG RED MORON STATES”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. We have the same idiocy here in Tennessee – no TennCare expansion because….hatred…but now anybody can carry a gun into any public park because Guv BillionaireBill Haslam signed an imbecilic bill into law….WHY? Some people are saying BillinaireBill may be in line for the Repig GOP slot – just what we need – a BILLIONAIRE VEEP!

  6. You Reap what you Sow.

    Watching Florida is like Watching a Multi-car pileup in slow motion.

    And when the inevitable weeping and wailing starts, you start giggling over the fools who could’ve prevented it all, but were just too stubborn to admit they were wrong.

  7. Watch Rick Scott Pretend He Hasn’t Been Busted For Misleading Obamacare Ads
    The Huffington Post | by Janie Campbell Posted: 04/10/2014
    When reporters asked Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) about reelection campaign ads that incorrectly imply 300,000 people in the state have lost their health insurance plans as a result of Obamacare, he licked his lips and dug in.
    “Clearly, the ad’s accurate,” Scott told reporters gathered outside a senior center in Miami on Wednesday.
    “But it’s not, governor!” insisted one reporter, who pointed out that the Blue Cross-run agency at the center of the claim had already debunked the numbers. A second reporter continued to question the assertion, which has been factchecked by newspapers across the state and discredited. Scott, however, remained unmoved before being “quickly ushered away by his media aide,” according to CBS:

  8. I Hope that the Village Idiots in Florida, Kansas, Texas, Wisconsin, North Carolina and South Carolina are Happy.

    This is what they VOTED for.

    Sorry. I have NO Sympathy for anyone STUPID
    enough to vote for the GOPee.

  9. Don’t know of anyone who voted for Tricky Ricky….think the voting numbers were manipulated in his favor. Also don’t know of anyone who will admit they voted for this piece of garbage!!! He and his cohorts are destroying Florida.

  10. when floriduh has their own aca exchanges, then i will believe that the sky has fallen. gov skeletor will do anything to adhere to the kochs mandate, the thieving scumbag he is… as bad as issa, as far as white collar crime…

    thats, if the scotus doesnt kill it when they release their decree in june…….


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