(Bloomberg) Florida Gov. Rick Scott supports expanding Medicaid in his state under President Barack Obama’s health-care law, at least while the federal government pays for it, a reversal of the Republican’s previous position.
Scott said yesterday in Tallahassee that he’ll ask state lawmakers to back the expansion. After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law in June, Scott said he wouldn’t expand Medicaid, the health-care program for the poor, in Florida. Once Obama won re-election in November, Scott said he was open to it.
He joins six other Republican governors who have agreed to expand Medicaid in their states, according to a tally by the Advisory Board Co., a research and consulting company in Washington. Scott and four party colleagues who are backing the expansion — John Kasich of Ohio, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Rick Snyder of Michigan — are up for re-election in 2014.