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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

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bmaz @IWPCHI @mock_kevin This lays it out pretty honestly from what I know https://t.co/hR9lmHTVRR But it was just an analogy to start with
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JimWhiteGNV RT @_FloridaMan: Florida Man Apologizes For Repeating Himself Too Much; Immediately Repeats Himself https://t.co/7tDSGkolVF
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JimWhiteGNV RT @banditref: Dear Vols, Saying "college athletics have always been dirty" isn't an excuse for or reason not to treat sexual assault seri…
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bmaz @mock_kevin @IWPCHI Yeah, exactly. All within about a three year span in a critical period. Not meant to be perfectly equivalent.
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JimWhiteGNV RT @shannynmoore: Does anyone know if #Carly Fiorina is selling off the parts of her aborted campaign? #AskingForAFriend #GOP2016
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bmaz @IWPCHI @mock_kevin In fact, she made a special trip to see him during his last hospital stay before his death.
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bmaz @IWPCHI @mock_kevin Uh, no it is not. She was still an active "young Republican" in college. And she was friends w/Goldwater until his death
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bmaz @MentalRiot You don't know me for squat. And speaking of "angry", take a look in the mirror right now. Run along.
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emptywheel RT @rachaelmbade: Trump 0n HRC $600K Wall Street speech: Actually I have been paid much more than that, but I don’t represent the governmen…
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bmaz @MentalRiot She is a fucking warmonger nightmare. But thanks for your little bullshit "history lesson".
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bmaz @MentalRiot Hahahahaha, yeah, golly thanks.
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emptywheel Wonder how long it would take to get someone to do a movie based on that Ferguson complaint.
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