As you probably know by now, yesterday, a Senate subcommittee in Tallahassee rebuked Gov. Rick Scott's recommendation to expand Medicaid coverage, joining a House committee that did the same thing (also along party lines) a week ago.
Now what? GOP senators praised the alternative "Negron Plan" even before they received all of the details during yesterday's hearing. They were happy as long as it wasn't perpetuating what they called a "failed" federal Medicaid plan. Negron said he wants a "Florida plan," not a "Washington plan," which raises the question — what is Negron's plan, and why are we only hearing about it now? At this time, there's no guarantee that Washington is going to send Tallahassee all these dollars in lieu of what we would have received via the deal the government is offering the states.
And can I ask: Is there any love in the RPOF for Rick Scott?
The Jacksonville Times-Union reported that the head of the Florida Federation of Young Republicans, Peret Pass, blasted the governor after she listened in on a conference call that Scott held with Republican high school and college students.
"Bottom line, we are fed up with the party's approach to the way they outreach to young people as well as other constituency groups," Pass wrote on her Facebook page. "We can offer solutions to the Republican Party just like the youth did for Obama."
Again we ask, anyone in the RPOF showing love for Rick Scott these days?
Meanwhile, as Paul Ryan produces his new House budget today in Washington, we ask the musical question: What exactly about the Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform and President Obama's re-election last November do Republicans not understand? We ask that because the Ryan budget is dead on arrival, since it calls for repealing 'Obamacare.' But Ryan stands in the mainstream of the Republican Party that somehow thinks they can still stop the law from going fully into effect.
And guess who's rumored to be getting a new Wal-Mart? None other than Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood.