Scott files suit against White House over Medicaid expansion
“Florida Gov. Rick Scott sued the Obama administration Tuesday, charging that federal officials are coercing the state to expand Medicaid in order to get $1 billion in federal hospital funds.
The Republican governor points to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision saying the federal government can’t coerce states to expand Medicaid, which is exactly what he says the Obama administration is doing by withholding hospital funds.
But legal experts say that Supreme Court case doesn’t necessarily apply.
That’s because the hospital funds Scott wants are part of an optional program, and the federal government has broad discretion over it.
The lawsuit was filed in a Pensacola federal court — the same place where the Scott administration previously challenged the health care law.
Florida filed the first lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act and was eventually joined by about two dozen other states.