Politics
2:37 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Rep. Fasano: Medicaid Expansion 'Would Save Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars'

Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, says the Florida Legislature had two years to craft an alternative plan for Medicaid expansion and chose not to.
Credit myfloridahouse.gov

Now that legislative committees have voted not to expand Medicaid, House and Senate leaders want to look at alternatives that might still utilize federal funds.

New Port Richey Republican Rep. Mike Fasano is not towing the party line.

He supported Gov. Rick Scott’s recent proposal that Florida expand Medicaid for the next three years and let the federal government pay for it.

Fasano says Florida leaders already had two years to craft an alternative plan but chose not to.

He says there is no viable alternative for Florida that would still include funding from the federal government.

Rep. Mike Fasano takes a different stance from most of his fellow Republicans on Medicaid expansion.

Not sure what all of this talk about Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act means? Here's a great explanation.