Jeb Bush on Medicaid: ‘Trouble Back Home’

Jeb Bush, former Florida governor. Photography by William Thomas Cain / Getty Images

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, visiting the Texas legislature, said that sharing his thoughts on Medicaid expansion might raise some hackles back home.

It also might cause him trouble at Tenet Healthcare Corp., whose Chief Executive Officer Trevor Fetter told Bloomberg News yesterday that all Republican governors would eventually expand their programs under President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Bush is a director at Tenet, which is based in Dallas.

Asked to discuss his opposition to expanding Medicaid at a press conference in Austin, Bush said: “No. I just don’t want to get in trouble back home.” Earlier he testified on education reform at a Texas Senate committee hearing.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, last week said he would approve the Medicaid expansion, joining 24 other states participating in the health program for the poor. Fourteen other Republican governors remain opposed, including Rick Perry of Texas, according to a tally by Advisory Board Co., a technology consulting company based in Washington.

Asked about his interest in running for president in 2016, Bush said it’s too early for him to consider the matter.

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