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The Sunshine State ObamaCare Shakedown

By National Review, National Review - February 22, 2013

Florida’s Republican governor, Rick Scott, has announced that his will become the eighth GOP-governed state to accept the Medicaid expansion written into the Affordable Care Act, rather than “having Floridians pay to fund this program in other states while denying health care to our citizens.” The expansion is often described as “voluntary,” but, as Scott’s remark suggests, no state can opt out of paying for it. The Supreme Court, sensing that Obamacare’s provision to expand Medicaid did violence to federalism, amended it to make it less coercive; but its rewritten version did not solve the problem. The “cooperative” arrangement between the states and the federal government still undermines the political accountability that federalism is supposed to serve. Federal lawmakers can take credit for treading gingerly by giving the states options while state lawmakers can say their hands are tied. 

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