While Rick “But-I-Was-Never-Charged-With-Medicare-Fraud” Scott is busy making his way around the state spreading cash and “selling” himself to scared seniors, among others, he’s also painting himself as an “outsider.” Actually, the Republican Party Of Florida described him the same way until their boy Bill McCollum lost to Scott in the primary. Now of course, the RPOF has welcomed Scott with open arms and whatever cash they can scrape together because he has an “R” behind his name, and they’re stuck with him.
Sure, Scott claims he’s an outsider, but if you’ve been paying attention to the way the Republicans have run Tallahassee, Scott’s business track record makes him a perfect fit. He’s also a good fit in the “transparency” department. He won’t release depositions or tax returns, much like the missing credit card bills of Marco Rubio, and the recent RPOF “audit” of themselves that found nothing wrong with….them.
Yes, Scott’s business ethics fit right in with the Republicans in Florida. Better yet, he’s a textbook case.
On college campuses across the country, students of business ethics are learning all about the subject from Rick Scott. He’s a big star in a textbook called “Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases.” Those Republicans certainly picked a winner. They must be so proud!
From the St. Petersburg Times:
Rick Scott is featured in Case #13: The Healthcare Company: Learning From Past Mistakes.
Scott was CEO of Columbia/HCA, which the textbook describes as a company where “health-care services and staffing … often took a back seat to the focus on profits.” The case study describes Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Charlotte as the focal point of a federal investigation that resulted in $1.7 billion in Medicare fraud fines.
The textbook points out that federal investigators alleged that Scott and another executive “were briefed routinely on issues relating to Medicare reimbursement claims that the government charged were fraudulent.” Scott resigned from the company and was never charged with any crimes.
Just imagine you’re a student minding your own business, studying hard, and darn if a familiar gubernatorial candidate doesn’t pop up in your “here’s what NOT to do” chapter on business ethics. Then imagine the State of Florida as Columbia/HCA super-sized. Gosh, could it be that Florida is on the verge of becoming the mother of all “textbook cases” of Medicare fraud? Why, Florida’s a virtual gold-mine of snowbirds, and permanent retirees alike. Imagine the possibilities! Cat: meet elderly canary! What’s not to love?
No wonder he wants to privatize education in Florida if he’s elected. First order of business: get rid of those textbooks!
The chapter ends with a list of questions for students to ponder, starting off with this:
What were the organizational ethical leadership problems that resulted in Columbia/HCA’s misconduct?
Wait, wait…..I know this one!! Uh, it’s……oh yeah….. I’ve got it: