Rep. Brown: 4 Million Will Die in Florida Without Expansion of Health Care

By Eric Scheiner | May 30, 2014 | 1:56 PM EDT

Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) says that over 4 million Florida residents will die if Medicaid is not expanded there.

“In fact, we’ve got over 4 million people that need medical expansion of health care that we are sending back, that’s going to die because they’re not getting the quality health care that they need,” Brown said during Wednesday night’s Veteran’s Affairs Committee hearing.

Brown was being critical of Gov. Rick Scott’s (R-Fla.) move to sue the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs for not allowing state hospital officials to inspect federal medical care facilities.

“I am going to put in the record a letter that I’m sending to the governor of the State of Florida. He is grandstanding, indicating that he is suing the VA, for the fact that he is sending people to the various VA facilities around the State of Florida and he wants to take a look at the records,” Brown said.

Brown said Scott’s legal maneuver amounts to grandstanding because “the state has absolutely nothing to do with the VA.” She also focused on Scott for not pushing for an expansion of Medicaid in Florida.

"In fact, we’ve got over 4 million people that need medical expansion of health care that we are sending back, that’s going to die because they’re not getting the quality health care that they need," she said.

Gov. Scott announced his plan for a lawsuit earlier this week.

Scott claims that on seven separate occasions, state inspectors were prevented from inspecting the facilities at six federal VA hospitals.

Eric Scheiner
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