Florida Gov. Rick Scott this afternoon responded to a viral video where a former Lake Worth city commissioner yells at Scott, calls him a profane name and rushes him out of a Starbucks.
The video was filmed at one of the coffee chain’s Gainesville locations and features activist Cara Jennings telling Scott, “You cut Medicaid, so I couldn’t get Obamacare.” Scott at one point can be heard replying to Jennings, saying he has created 1 million jobs in the state.
The video has been viewed more than 1.6 million times since it was posted to YouTube on April 5.
Following a ceremonial bill signing Wednesday in Boca Raton, Scott said he hadn’t seen the video. When asked why he didn’t try to talk more with Jennings, Scott said, “She was not someone you could talk to.”
Jennings told Palm Beach Post reporter Kevin Thompson she was angry at Scott for signing into a law a controversial abortion bill.
“I am pro-life. I believe in the sanctity of life,” Scott said.
He then said lawmakers have more than $5 million in the state budget for preventive health services.
Asked about Medicaid expansion, Scott said, “If the federal government wants to have a program, they should fund their program. But don’t come to the state of Florida and ask us to tax our taxpayers for a federal program. I don’t believe in that. I don’t go to the federal government and say, ‘Fund my program.’ If they have a program, they should fund it.”