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  •  Increases healthcare cost to ALL Floridians (16+ / 0-)

    It should be pointed out that this move to reduce Medicaid coverage will increase healthcare costs for ALL people in the state of Florida, and places an added burden on Florida's hospitals.

    Sick people still go the hospital and still show up in emergency rooms whether or not they are covered by Medicaid and whether or not they have reached a limit in the number of allowed ER visits.  And those hospital and ER visits still have to be paid for by someone regardless of whether the individual can pay, or whether Medicaid pays.

    So who gets stuck paying those bills when the patient can't pay and Medicaid is not available? Primarily it is the other hospital patients (including outpatient clinic visitors).  Hospital expenses that are not paid for or reimbursed thru Medicaid are mostly passed on to paying hospital patients and paying insurers.  Doctors and nurses also pay for those costs will reduced reimbursements and longer hours.

    So this idea by the Florida legislature is costing EVERYONE in the state of Florida more money.  No one saves any money.  But it does allow conservative hard-liners some added (tho' fraudulent) talking points.

    And if I remember correctly, Rick Scott was CEO of a for-profit insurance company when it was engaged in fraudulent Medicare billing, later to be fined over $600 million by the US government.  Gov. Scott knows a thing or twenty about fraud.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:48:33 PM PST

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    •  This is they thing that is so bizairre, Hugh. The (6+ / 0-)

      ACA Medicaid expansion is a vast infusion of cash flow into these states, that will increase employment, raise local state tax revenue, help health care providers amortize all costs.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 03:18:18 PM PST

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      •  Agreed (3+ / 0-)
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        HoundDog, Vetwife, Scott in Tampa

        This action is not governance; it is class warfare.

        Who gains from this action?  This is interesting, for as far as I can tell, not even Gov. Scott's wealthy and corporate donor gain from this action.  The only people I can see who gain are conservative politicians who can now claim greater conservative cred.

        "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

        by Hugh Jim Bissell on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:02:55 PM PST

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