Texas joined Florida on Monday in its lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s “Sopranos”-style efforts to force states to expand Medicaid under Obamacare or risk losing other health-related federal funding.
“When the federal government exceeds its constitutional authority, the States must take action,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement, according to The Hill. “[I] commend Governor Rick Scott’s decision to take legal action to protect these important constitutional principles.”
Scott announced last week that he is directing Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to draft and file a federal court complaint over the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid through Obamacare.
“Doesn’t everybody now understand that this is an administration that’s going to use coercion tactics?” Scott asked last week on Fox News’ “On the Record.” “And when it’s appropriate, they’ll cut back funding if you don’t do another program they want. That’s not the way the federal government is supposed to work.”
In that interview, Scott likened the Obama White House “bullying” tactics to those portrayed in the mobster TV drama “The Sopranos.”
The Hill reported:
At issue is the Obama administration’s move to link Florida’s rejection of the Medicaid expansion to separate federal funding that helps hospitals care for the uninsured.
The administration says some Florida hospital funding will not be extended in its current form past the June expiration date, arguing that the money should not go toward costs that would otherwise be covered by an expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare.
The administration has left the door open to providing some healthcare funding for Florida, however.
The White House was asked about the Florida lawsuit at the Thursday news briefing.
“It’s difficult to explain why somebody would think that their political situation and their political interest is somehow more important than the livelihood and health of 800,000 people that they were elected to lead,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.
That 800,000 figure refers to the number of Floridians who would gain Obamacare coverage through Medicaid. More than 1 million Texans would do the same.
“Medicaid expansion is wrong for Texas,” Abbott said.
Currently, Texas leads a 26-state coalition that includes Florida in an unrelated lawsuit challenging Obama;s amnesty executive actions.
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