Putnam on record on Medicaid expansion

Since expansion of Medicaid isn’t something the agriculture commissioner deals with on a daily basis this Adam Putnam statement on Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law wouldn’t typically be particularly newsworthy.

But since Putnam is often mentioned as a future Republican gubernatorial candidate – we should get it on the record: he disagrees with Scott.

Here’s the video 

Here’s what he said this morning at a  Florida Retail Federation event (prepared remarks):


 “It’s extremely disappointing to learn that Florida may take on billions in additional costs to taxpayers by expanding Medicaid coverage.

“With over three million Floridians already enrolled in Medicaid, Florida cannot afford to foot the bill for millions more.

“We will not be able to undo the expansion of Medicaid after enrollment has exploded and the federal government begins to shift the cost to the states.

“Over the next ten years, Florida taxpayers will be forced to pay more than $5 billion to cover the cost of Medicaid expansion.

“The expansion of Medicaid is not an investment in our future, does not create jobs and does not strengthen our infrastructure. Furthermore, it is not free.”

The News Service of Florida