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Will Weatherford nixes health care cash for Medicaid

Reiterating his opposition to expanding Medicaid, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said in an interview with a South Florida television station that lawmakers should not meet in a special session on the issue.

“I think it’d be a big mistake to call a special session. We don’t have an agreement on where we want to go,” Weatherford said on “Facing South Florida” with Jim DeFede on WFOR.

“At the end of the day, this is a federal government bait-and-switch situation. They want to dangle money in front of us, get us to take it, and then three or four years from now, expect us to pay for it.”

Gov. Rick Scott early this year backed expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. While Senate Republicans did not want to expand Medicaid, they moved forward with an alternative that would have accepted tens of billions of dollars in federal money to enroll low-income people in private health-insurance plans.

Both proposals died in the House, which came up with a more limited proposal that Weatherford and other supporters said was a free-market approach.

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