Florida Governor Rick Scott faced criticism from an enraged woman when he stopped at a Starbucks in Gainesville on Tuesday.
Cara Jennings, a former Lake Worth city commissioner, blasted at the governor over health insurance and cuts to women’s health services. Scott was at the coffee store after visiting the factory and headquarters of biopharmaceutical company Nanotherapeutics.
Jennings’ rant was captured in a video and subsequently posted on YouTube.
“You cut Medicaid, so I couldn’t get Obamacare,” the woman can be heard saying in the video. “You’re an asshole. You don’t care about working people. … You should be ashamed to show your face around here.”
The video went viral immediately, receiving in excess of 371,000 views; it was also broadcasted on national television, Miami Herald reports.
While Scott has opposed Obamacare, he has time and again changed his stance on the Medicaid expansion that was made possible by the law. He opposed it in 2012, but gave his support in 2013, and again changed his stand by opposing it last year, saying that the state could not “take on even more federal programs.”
As reported by the Huffington Post, during the confrontation at Starbucks, when Scott told Jennings that he had created a million jobs, the lady retorted that numerous people didn’t have a great job for themselves.
“You strip women of access to public health care. Shame on you, Rick Scott!” she argued with Scott. “We depend on those services. Rich people like you don’t know what to do! When poor people like us need health services, you cut them. Shame on you, Rick Scott! You’re an embarrassment to our state.”
Speaking with the reporters, Scott said that while he hadn’t seen the clip yet, the woman was “not somebody you could talk to.”
Meanwhile, Jennings, speaking with ABC Action News, said that she was at Starbucks working on her laptop when she noticed the governor.
“I saw his profile, and I thought, ‘Is that the governor?’” she said. She added that she had recently read about Scott signing a bill that cut funding for Planned Parenthood. “I didn’t think about whether I should do it or not,” she said. “I thought, ‘Here’s my chance to tell the governor how I feel about the horrible bill.’”