Letters to the Editor

Gov. Rick Scott, Florida House both failing to represent poor people

Joe Scarborough, former Republican congressman from Pensacola and co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," said recently, "Poor people don't have lobbyists."

This was validated by Gov. Rick Scott recently at his Economic Growth Summit. He was praised by each of the many, many Republican presidential hopefuls for creating 850,000 jobs during the economic recovery.

In Tallahassee, the Legislature has been unable to finalize a state budget. The House of Representatives is supporting Scott's refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

This expansion would provide health care for 800,000 uninsured Floridians, 4 percent of the state's population. If such a large portion of Scott's constituency consisted of rich white folks, their issue would have been handled long ago because of representation and financial support.

Instead of looking out for the interests of this silent minority, Scott believes that if he continues to beat the anti-Obamacare drum and by some chance one of these Republican candidates makes it to the White House, he is likely to get a cabinet position.

While in private industry, Scott demonstrated that his self-interest trumped the interest of shareholders, employees and the federal government, making him one of the wealthiest of today's politicians.

Now, our self-aggrandizing governor, the former CEO of a very large health care provider, ignores the health and welfare of his constituents in order to achieve personal gain.

I don't expect Scott to experience some epiphany regarding his responsibility to the "little people." His narcissism is firmly in place.

I do, however, expect members of Florida's House, including my long-time friend, Rep. Jim Boyd, to show political courage, set aside political posturing and pass the Senate's version of Medicaid expansion.

It's good for our citizens and it's good for our state's economy.

Curtis Root