Florida Medicaid Fight Hits Capitol

Congressional Republicans are stepping up their role in the fight over whether the Obama administration is forcing states to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott sued the administration last month over what he calls an effort to coerce his state into expanding Medicaid by withholding federal funds for a separate program, called the low-income pool (LIP), that reimburses hospitals for treating the uninsured.

Now the effort is spilling into Congress. After Scott visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced it will hold a hearing into the alleged coercion this summer.

Members are also working on a letter to President Obama.

“What I’ve been asking for is, I’d like them to consider putting out statements, making phone calls, writing letters,” Scott told reporters amid his series of meetings with Republican members of the Florida delegation, as well as prominent Republicans like Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Scott said the delegation was “very supportive.”