Costing us all

Gainesville Sun Editorial
December 11, 2013

Not only is Florida denying health care to at least 800,000 uninsured residents, the state will be sending $5 billion from the pockets of its taxpayers to subsidize coverage elsewhere.

The figure comes from an analysis released last week by the Commonwealth Fund. Among the 20 states choosing not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Texas is the only state that will lose more in federal funds than Florida by 2022, the study found.

Blame goes to Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford and other Republicans in Tallahassee opposed not only to expanding Medicaid, but any compromise that uses federal funding to cover the uninsured.

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