I would tell you that I'm surprised by this, but I am just not: Gov. Scott getting low-cost health insurance from the state.
Gov. Rick Scott, a critic of the federal health care overhaul, is paying less than $400 a year to provide health insurance to himself and his wife.
While Scott is accepting no salary for his job as governor, the multi-millionaire chose to enroll in the taxpayer-subsidized health insurance plan offered by the state of Florida.
Scott is among nearly 32,000 people in state government who pay relatively low health insurance premiums. Nearly all 160 state legislators are also enrolled in the program that costs just $30 a month for family coverage.
Look, I get that as a state employee, the guy is entitled to the insurance. I can also appreciate the fact that he is not taking a salary while governor. But given that he was so out front on fighting against the health care law, no reasonable person could call this anything but hypocritical. Hell, he and Florida's Attorney General, the Robot Pam Bondi, are still fighting it.
I've said for a long time that even if you're of the liberal-progressive-Democratic stripe (as I am), you have to give Scott grudging credit for at least doing exactly what he said he'd do. He is exactly the sort of ultra-conservative governor he promised he'd be.
He hates government. He hates what government stands for, he hates what government does. This -- that Obama's plan amounted to "socialized medicine" -- was his central argument against health care reform:
"Before government rushes to overhaul health care, listen to those who already have government-run health care," intones Rick Scott, founder of a group called Conservatives for Patients' Rights. "Tell Congress to listen, too."
And then, when health reform passed, Scott refused to take the money:
The New York Times reported on Florida Governor Rick Scott's rejection of millions of dollars in federal grant money aimed at easing the burden of higher health care costs on Floridians. Scott, a former hospital CEO and health care profiteer, was made famous by his adamant and vocal campaign against the Health Care Reform Bill which he still refers to as Obamacare. Not alone in his position of power and stance against the new law, Gov. Scott joins Alaska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin Republican governors in refusing to accept or seek government assistance to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. However, Florida is different.
Of all the states, Florida has the fourth-highest unemployment rate, the second-highest rate of people without insurance and a $3.7 billion state budget gap. Given this dire situation, Scott has decided that it is more important to draw a line in the sand than to accept federal funding for a law he opposes. Florida is also unique in its demand for health care needs, with a significantly higher percentage of its population being retirement age compared to other states. Florida also has a high rate of insurance-less citizens (nearly 16% of the population is without insurance). According to the Florida Hospital Association, $788.9 billion was spent on hospitals alone last year.
What does all this amount to?
Government health care is great... for Rick Scott.
For you? Forget it.