The Wall Street Journal reports:
The nine Republican Governors who decided earlier this year to pump some helium into the ObamaCare balloon and expand Medicaid forgot about that saving grace of American politics: the separation of powers. On Friday Florida became the latest state to reject the expansion, as Governor Rick Scott failed to convince the GOP-controlled legislature to approve his Medicaid flip.
Mr. Scott's Medicaid plans stalled as the Florida Senate and House stalemated and adjourned for the year. Unless the Governor recalls legislators for a special session, the state won't participate in new Medicaid. Opposition is concentrated in the lower chamber, where conservatives are concerned about Medicaid's large and growing costs and the Florida budget's dependence on federal funds.
They're right to worry. The Obama Administration is attempting to bribe states by financing all of the expansion for a few years, with an assist from the hospitals and other providers lobbying for more money from Uncle Sugar. But these promises can't last. The Government Accountability Office reported last week that the average state "fiscal gap" is 14.2% over the next 50 years, largely because of health-care costs. That means states will need to raise taxes or cut spending or both by that amount—and that's before new Medicaid kicks in.