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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:28pm

Deal: Still 'No' On Medicaid

Florida’s Governor has changed his mind about Medicaid expansion, which is part of the federal healthcare reform law, known as Obamacare. Governor Nathan Deal said Thursday he intends to stand firm on his decision not to expand Medicaid.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is the latest Republican Governor to reverse his position on Medicaid expansion.

The GOP Governors of Michigan and Ohio also switched, after initially refusing to do so.

At the time of their reversals, Gov. Deal said he would like to learn what changed their minds.

He says he’d still like to speak with them, but hasn’t had a chance.

He repeated Thursday he has no plans to expand Medicaid here. But he named some events that might change his mind:

“Maybe action at the federal level that would perhaps modify the status of the program in terms of federal contributions or guarantees or, if my suggestion holds true, some flexibility perhaps in the form of block grants. I don’t see any action on that front at this point,” he said in an interview at the state Capitol.

Supporters of the expansion says Georgia is refusing free money from the federal government by not increasing the number of people accepted into Medicaid.