By Tia Mitchell, Tampa Bay Times
TALLAHASSEE — Two House Republicans unwittingly revived hopes this month that lawmakers could compromise on a proposal to expand Medicaid.
“Lawmakers say Medicaid expansion not dead” read the headline in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune,highlighting comments from Manatee County Reps. Greg Steube and Jim Boyd.
But the reality is no different today than it was when the legislative session ended last month:
Medicaid expansion, or some alternative, remains a long shot.
“All I was simply trying to say was, we all agree it’s an important issue,” Boyd told the Times/Herald about his remarks at a June 6 luncheon. “We thought we had a pretty good plan.”
That plan, championed by House Speaker Will Weatherford, included saying no to $51 billion in federal money over 10 years. Instead, House Republicans proposed using up to $300 million in state funding to subsidize basic coverages for about 130,000 people. (more…)