Rick Scott is refusing to accept federal money to expand Medicaid in Florida. The former HCA CEO says that he knows from experience that the vast majority of the money will be used to pay hospitals defrauding the government.
Earlier on Monday Scott suggested "cutting out the middleman" and setting up "direct deposit" accounts so the major hospitals and other health care providers could get their cut without mountains of paperwork. The governor backed off these comments when state house Democrats insisted eliminating the paper-pushing jobs in Tallahassee that entail rubber-stamping the fraud would damage the economy.
One Republican analyst noted that Gov. Scott may reverse his position if increased demand for bureaucrats to administer the expansion could help him achieve his goal of creating 2 million new jobs for the 1 million non-retired citizens in the state of 19 million.