Florida Gov. Rick Scott was criticized by Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over his health care stance, with the congresswoman saying the Republican needs to "get off the sidelines."
“While it's very nice that Gov. Scott has had a deathbed conversion and decided that he does want to accept the federal funds, it's time for him to get off the sidelines," Wasserman Schultz said during a stop in Tallahassee on Wednesday. “Either he's for accepting those founds and is willing to use his clout and his weight and put the full weight of his office behind that position, or he's not.”
Scott agreed to expand the Medicaid program in Florida as part of President Barack Obama's health care plan in February 2013, but his plan failed to make it out of a key state legislative committee hearing the next month. Wasserman Schultz had harsh words for those who were against Medicaid expansion, calling them "spoiled children."
“Spoiled children who are stomping their feet and insisting because they didn’t get their way that they are not going to let anyone benefit from the outcome,” she said. “It’s irresponsible.”
According to the Miami Herald, Wasserman Schultz reserved especially sharp criticism for Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, considering him one of several "extremists who have a stranglehold on the Republican party."
“Will Weatherford should be ashamed of himself," Wasserman Schultz said. "This is a guy who, in his own family, needed the benefit of Medicaid when his brother was ill and now is denying a million Floridians the same opportunity.”