Florida's Innovative, Consumer-Driven Replacement for Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion
When Florida was faced with the choice of whether or not to implement Obamacare’s enlargement of Medicaid, Republican governor Rick Scott said “yes,” but the GOP-controlled legislature said “no.” But that, it turns out, isn’t the end of the story. Yesterday, two leaders in the Florida House of Representatives, Will Weatherford and Richard Corcoran, unveiled a new proposal to replace the Obamacare Medicaid expansion with a 100-percent state-funded program to give low-income Floridians the money to purchase private, catastrophic health coverage. Their plan is impressive and thoughtful. It could serve as a free-market model for the many states that are skeptical of Obamacare’s push to double down on the broken Medicaid program.