the state legislature, controlled
by Republicans, is leaving town. They
are also leaving billions of dollar of federal health insurance aid on the
table as they decided to deny low income workers access to Medicaid, access
that would be paid initially by the Federal government and ultimately 90% by
the Feds. Florida
The cost to businesses in the state could be substantial.
Part of the law that remained in place requires businesses with more than 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance coverage to anyone working more than 30 hours a week. Many people in agriculture, tourism and hospitality would have been eligible for an expanded Medicaid program.
Of course the major rationale by Republicans is that they do not want health care coverage for the lousy, lazy stinking poor.
Some Republican lawmakers went as far as to characterize childless adults as people who could get insurance, if only they weren't so lazy. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, said the group was too busy playing a Grand Theft Auto video game to get a job. His father, Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said he had little concern for "somebody who is an adult and chooses to sit on the couch."
And speaking the lazy, no good, shiftless citizens of
Florida who sit around and talk and do little
of value and get government paid health insurance, we think that more likely
describes the Republicans in the Florida
If the shoe fits . . . .