Before he was our Governor, Ron DeSantis was my representative in Congress. And there is one thing I can say with 100% certainty: he would never have voted in favor of the Covid Relief Act. I thought WUFF PAC was going to have to have a fancy “Florida Scorecard” to show which members of the Florida Congressional Delegation voted for and against which pieces of legislation. Turns out to be so much easier than that. All the Democrats vote for the good stuff and against the bad stuff. The Republicans vote 100% against the helpful legislation.
So it is a little galling to see the Governor, before the bill had even passed both houses, grouse that Florida wasn’t going to get enough dough in a letter signed by multiple Republican Governors.
And then today, he doubled down, saying that the Bill has “bad Juju” and will “harm Florida.” Like his idol, currently working on his tan at Mar-a-logo, he’s always projecting.
Less reported, but out there, is the news that our Governor is refusing to accept funds available under Stimulus Bill to expand Medicaid, something the ruling minority in Florida has consistently refused to do since the Affordable Care Act was passed.
“ “The Governor remains opposed to the expansion of Medicaid in Florida,’ Cody McCloud, spokesperson for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), said in an email to Vox.” Here’s what the polling on Medicaid Expansion looks like
Vox estimated that it would have brought $3.5 Billion, that’s Billion with a B revenue into Florida. Texas, which is a smaller state by population would get $5.9 Billion if they would accept Medicaid Expansion dollars. Why the discrepancy? Not so funny story: Florida, unlike most states which award Medicaid to citizens who make up to 200% of the federal poverty level, only gives Medicaid to Floridians who make 75% of the federal poverty level, which is unbelievably cruel to begin with, and they haven’t adjusted reimbursement rates for some classifications of health care providers in decades, which means that it is very difficult for poor Floridians to access health care. This is of no concern to our Governor nor our ruling minority in Tallahassee.
Okay, but how’s the “My plan is no plan” vaccine roll out going?
We’re glad you asked.
It is probably worth noting, and incredibly aggravating, that Edward Waters College is Jacksonville’s HBCU. To have doses being discarded on a campus that likely has unvaccinated Black students and faculty roaming around should get someone on the Governor’s Communications team fired at the very least. There’s also a civil rights lawsuit waiting to be filed in there somewhere.
And yes, WUFF PAC is a federal political committee, but if a woman files for Governor and makes a strong case, we can fundraise separately to support her.
Just leaving one more #RonFile tweet here to remind you of that time he ordered the flags to be flown at half staff for his other idol.