Rick Scott Pleads With Obama Administration for Health Care Funding

Days after he sued them, Florida Gov. Rick Scott sat down with administration officials Wednesday and pleaded with them to stop pushing Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion on him, while also asking them to keep funding a different program that helps hospitals care for the poor.

Mr. Scott left Washington empty handed, though, prolonging a standoff that’s delayed state budget talks and roiled Obamacare politics at large.

“We don’t have a resolution,” Mr. Scott told reporters on a street corner near Capitol Hill.

The Republican governor, in an hour-long sit-down with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, told her he’d rather have the administration pay more than $1 billion to extend the Low Income Pool (LIP) program, which reimburses hospitals that treat the poor and uninsured, instead of Florida expanding its Medicaid rolls.