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Will House Go Along on Medicaid?

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On Thursday, even as national news outlets were treating Florida's Medicaid expansion as a done deal, mutters of trouble ahead emerged from the north end of the Florida Capitol -- the House of Representatives. 

Even before Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday afternoon that he favors accepting federal funds for the expansion for three years,  House Speaker Will Weatherford issued a press release objecting to it.

The release reminded Scott that the Legislature gets a vote -- and may be a signal of trouble ahead from the House.  Weatherford and powerful Appropriations Chairman Seth McKeel both used the word "skeptical" a lot in discussing the expansion this week, as Jim Saunders of News Service of Florida reported.

The loudest complainant was Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who is often mentioned as a future Republican candidate for governor. He said that sunsetting the expansion won't work, that you can't cancel the expansion three years down the road, booting 1 million low-income people off Medicaid.

He called it "bait-and-switch."

For more details of the week's announcement and aftermath, see "Scott Shocker: Let's Expand Medicaid!"