K12 funding

Rick Scott Continues Struggle to Look Human, Endorses Medicaid Expansion While Infuriating Tea Party

Scott's attempts to look human are hampered by his striking resemblance to Voldemort.

Scott’s attempts to look human are hampered by his striking resemblance to Voldemort.

Rick Scott was elected Governor of Florida in 2010 by a razor-thin margin that many attribute to his strong support from the Tea Party movement. A large portion of that support was garnered through his highly public opposition to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. However, with the small exception of my Congressional district electing batshit crazy Tea Partier Ted Yoho in 2012, it appears that the Tea Party is on a bit of a retreat in Florida and so, with Charlie Crist now looking like a very formidable opponent for the 2014 gubernatorial race, Scott is systematically reversing his position on a number of issues away from the crazy and toward both the human and the humane.

A huge step in Scott’s attempted move back toward humanity took place early yesterday evening, as he announced his support for Florida participating in expansion of Medicaid under the ACA. He even resorted to the death of his mother to justify the move:

The governor said he gained new perspective after his mother’s death last year, calling his decision to support a key provision of the Affordable Care Act a “compassionate, common sense step forward,” and not a “white flag of surrender to government-run healthcare.”

However, the representatives of Professional Crazy were not amused by this development. From the same AP article:

“I am flabbergasted. This is a guy who, before he was a candidate for governor, started an organization to fight ‘Obamacare’ in the expansion of medical entitlements. This is a guy who said it will never happen on his watch. Well, here it is,” said Slade O’Brien, Florida director of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

In other words, AFP notes that Scott was just one more of their huge investments that produced very poor returns.

And McClatchy brings us the Tea Party response, thankfully translated from the original jibberish:

“This is just another example of Republicans lying to Floridians,” said Everett Wilkinson of Palm Beach Gardens, calling Scott “the Benedict Arnold to the patriot and tea party movement in Florida.”

Of course, Florida’s Grifter in Chief (who still holds the record for the largest federal fine paid by a company for Medicare fraud) wouldn’t make this move if he couldn’t further enrich his old HCA co-conspirators or other corporate fraudsters, and so he has engineered a new opportunity. From the AP article: Continue reading

Emptywheel Twitterverse
emptywheel @NadiaKayyali But I agree--really past time to make the FBI's horribleness visible. @astepanovich @aestetix
2mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @NadiaKayyali Guessing your employer doesn't take part. Just don't start teaching young children. @astepanovich @aestetix
3mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @jeremyscahill She's not a group tho. She's singular. @onekade
5mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @HayesBrown Yes, but it's prime "ruing lattes with awful artificial pumpkin flavor" season. Which requires all out vigilance.
6mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Starting a betting pool on how long it'll be until Obama regrets claiming Iraq has formed a new inclusive govt.
13mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @dangillmor Maybe now we can have a hearing -- as we should.
14mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @astepanovich Anyone, if only you were still a FOIA monster you could FOIA "external system activity."
16mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel RT @kurtopsahl: @csoghoian Only phone seized in example story: "When corrections officers [entered] cell, he smashed the phone." http://t.c…
19mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @astepanovich Dunno. But teachers shouldn't have too much fun when vacationing in Mexico, I'd guess.
21mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @astepanovich But only if you're a teacher and everyone knows they're a bunch of thugs anyway, that shouldn't be let near kids.
25mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @occbaystreet Right. I do think it'll make it a LOT harder to do border searches. But there may be some sexier vulnerability too.
28mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @barryeisler Can you rewrite your scene so it makes as little sense as that one? I'll give you a diamond!
29mreplyretweetfavorite
September 2014
S M T W T F S
« Aug    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930