While Gov. Rick Scott pledged anew his support for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act in an interview with the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau last week, his lukewarm position means little.
Ever since first indicating favor with accepting $51 billion in federal money, he's expended no political capital to push acceptance by the Florida House.
Speaker Will Weatherford remains staunchly opposed to all things Obamacare, regardless of the fact Medicaid expansion would provide health insurance for up to 1 million poor Floridians, spur job growth in the health care industry and provide other business-friendly benefits.
Even major conservative business organizations -- the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida -- see the economic value in Medicaid expansion.
The state Senate voted 38-1 last year to accept the federal funds while the GOP-controlled House rejected the legislation.
Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, remains the roadblock to expansion, citing the state's vulnerability to paying 10 percent of the cost after three years. That provides political cover while a million Floridians and the state's economy suffer the consequences.
The governor should forcefully embrace all the advantages of Medicaid expansion and make Florida healthier on a number of fronts.