Florida Gov. on Gov’t Medicaid Expansion: ‘Trillion Dollar Deficits – Would You Do Business With Them?’

Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fl.) explained why he hasn’t expanded Medicaid in Florida under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) saying of the government, “trillion dollar deficits – would you do business with them?” at Politico’s Fifth Annual State Solutions Conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

The moderator asked Scott about a common criticism of Medicaid expansion, saying, “the most substantive conservative criticism of Medicaid expansion is that the federal government is just not going to be good for the money, even if they’re good the first three years, four years…”

“Trillion dollar deficits – would you do business with them?” Scott responded. “Would you sign a long-term contract with them?

“Why would we do that to our citizens – get people hooked on something they didn’t ask for?” Scott asked. “I meet a lot of people, I travel the state pretty much every day. No one asks me for more government programs. No one comes up and says, Governor, you have to have another government program.