(Bloomberg) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott sued the Obama administration over claims it’s threatening to end a low-income health care program to coerce the state into taking Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Medicaid expansion funding.
The warning to pull hundreds of millions of dollars a year in subsidies for Florida health care workers is a “blatant overreach of executive power,” Scott said Tuesday in a statement about the lawsuit.
The complaint in federal court in Pensacola, Fla., is the latest move by Republican governors pushing back against actions they contend facilitate broader implementation of PPACA.
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The law, passed in 2010, seeks to extend insurance to millions of people in part by expanding state use of Medicaid. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that Obama could not force states to expand eligibility for their Medicaid programs under the law, a decision Republicans have embraced. At least 20 states have refused to ease access to their Medicaid rolls.
Obama is now trying to get around the high court ruling by threatening to drain the state of federal money in an unrelated health care program, the Low Income Pool, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a separate statement.