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Republicans stunned, Democrats happy with Scott's Medicaid decision

Gov. Rick Scott announces his support for Medicaid expansion on Wednesday to Capitol reporters at the Governor's Mansion. His new stance on health care for the poor drew fire from all sides on Thursday. Photo by Bill Cotterell.

Democrats were derisive and Republicans were repulsed -- even revenge-minded -- Thursday by Gov. Rick Scott's decision to support a three-year extension of Medicaid access for nearly a million poor Floridians.

"Couldn't find a doctor this morning who accepts Medicaid to remove the knife from my back from FlGovScott," Henry Kelley, a tea party activist in Fort Walton Beach, tweeted to his Twitter followers. He said in an interview his tea party group was among the earliest audiences for Scott in 2009, when the unknown Naples health-care executive formed a group called Conservatives for Patients Rights to fight President Barack Obama's national health care plan.

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