Scott Could Face Political Challenge

The infamous Obama hug destroyed former Governor Charlie Crist with GOP conservatives. Rick Scott's announcement accepting Medicaid may be Scott’s equivalent of the hug.

"Quality healthcare should be accessible and affordable for all Floridians," said Governor Scott.

Talk radio immediately began pummeling the Governor, "He's flipping, he's flopping, sorry to say," said Mark Levin, and two of the state's top Republicans call the decision wrong.

"The idea that the feds are going to provide this money free. It's not free," said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

"Again I'm very skeptical," said Speaker of the House Rep. Will Weatherford.

Political strategist Mac Stipanovich, says accepting Medicaid does moves the Governor to the political center as he faces re-election.

"So it's smart for that reason provided he is not exposing his right flank to the conservative wing of the Republican party and only time will tell on that one,” said Stipanovich.

Most Democrats are applauding the Governor for the move. That's a clear sign that is not likely to play well if there is a GOP Primary.

Governor Rick Scott has set a three year limit on accepting the money and during that period it will be paid a 100% by the federal government. He says the plan will be re-evaluated then.