Florida’s soon to be Governor Rick Scott-who was never charged with Medicare fraud-has a brand new transition website up and running.
Funny thing about that website is his “bio” page. If you read that bio page, and you’ve followed the news concerning Scott’s Columbia/HCA history, you’re likely to notice what’s missing.
The website addresses Scott’s departure from Columbia/HCA in 1997, but there’s no mention of the circumstances of his departure, nor is there any mention that the company “was fined by the government for Medicare fraud with more than $1.7 billion in fines and settlements” after Scott’s 1997 departure. During his campaign, Scott glossed over these facts by saying things like he “accepted responsibility” acknowledged that the company “made mistakes” and that he was “never charged with Medicare fraud.”
Well, apparently the days of “glossing over” are gone now that Scott is the Governor-elect. Those dark days from Columbia/HCA history are nowhere to be found on Scott’s new website. The bio page says, among other glowing details, that when Rick Scott left Columbia/HCA in 1997 “it was one of the most admired companies in America.” No mention of Medicare fraud. That’s it, and then we skip on to the next chapter with America’s Health Network which merged with FOX Entertainment to become The Health Network and then Discovery Health followed by Solantic, the private urgent care clinics Scott now owns.
So as a “candidate” Scott admitted the scandal but tried to explain away the details. Now as “Governor-elect,” Scott isn’t even glossing over the details. He simply “erased” any mention of the Medicare fraud scandal all together.
Also in the news is the new agenda for the veto proof Florida legislature and they are moving ahead rather quickly on several issues. Among them is a push to privatize Medicaid which would benefit clinics just like the ones owned by Rick Scott:
House and Senate leaders today said they will use a special legislative session this month to try to override Gov. Charlie Crist’s veto of money for Shands teaching hospital and to “send a message” about overhauling Medicaid.
Incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos and incoming House Speaker Dean Cannon outlined a series of issues they hope to address during a brief session Nov. 16 when lawmakers return to Tallahassee for an otherwise ceremonial meeting.
Overriding the veto of $9.7 million for Shands has long been discussed. But Haridopolos and Cannon also said they want to pass a resolution that would express their intent to revamp Medicaid and seek more leeway from the federal government about how the program is run…..
….Though details were not immediately available, that could involve moving to a statewide system of requiring beneficiaries to enroll in managed care — an issue the House proposed during this spring’s session.
Then we come to another issue from Scott’s campaign: limiting lawsuits against doctors, and guess what? They aren’t wasting any time with that one either:
One other idea that Haridopolos and Cannon said could be part of the resolution is expressing support for limiting lawsuits against doctors who serve Medicaid beneficiaries.
So the Republicans in Tallahassee went from saying that Scott’s scandalous past was a “liability” and that he should have withdrawn from the race for Governor, and that Scott wasn’t a “real Republican,” to not only accepting him into the Party despite his company’s Medicare fraud scandal, but helping him act on his policies, perhaps to benefit Scott’s own private clinics.
Now your new Governor, who invested $73 million of his own money for his campaign, can have his cake and eat it too, with the help of the Republican controlled Florida legislature.
Nice work if you can get it.