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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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emptywheel Awesome that State is moving up the weekend doc dump from 5:30. Respectful of this important holiday weekend. https://t.co/V0G0eH2eSW
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emptywheel @Uncle_Jimbo You don't talk about any program at all! (But I suspect you don't know which NSA program is my fav) @AlJazeera
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emptywheel I wonder if FBI uses Roving Wiretap provision in its efforts to attack Tor relays in US? Is that possible? https://t.co/1JSMrrnGSt
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emptywheel What's funny abt "if a bomb went off, rush to see if network" is phone dragnet wouldn't have worked w/Tsarnaevs. http://t.co/YYtl97Szg8
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emptywheel @april_anita That it didn't happen in Chicago surprises me. They have even further to drive to their weekend homes!
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bmaz @joshgerstein Indeed.
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emptywheel Comey’s Emphasis on Expiring PATRIOT Provisions: Other 215 Uses & Roving Wiretaps https://t.co/1JSMrrnGSt
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emptywheel @FaizaPatelBCJ If only someone can get standing to make that argument... @AlexanderAbdo @AmosToh
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emptywheel @SeanVitka Yeah. Point is just that bulk is utterly meaningless in USAF because it only means not-all, not not-bulk-as-normal-humans-think
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emptywheel @SeanVitka "Must reapprove order with every Gig of collection." I could live with that.
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emptywheel @SeanVitka Well then they can come back to congress or at least FISC and bump up their memory allowance for non-bulk collection.
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emptywheel @AlexanderAbdo And also consistent w/language in 702 MPs, to which these appear VERY closely tied. @FaizaPatelBCJ @AmosToh
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