Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Rick Scott, a man who has never really cared about anyone's health, is working to swiftboat president Obama's health care reform.

Here's a little about Mr. Scott from Wikipedia:

Columbia/HCA fraud cases

Numerous New York Times stories, beginning in 1996, described improper business and Medicare billing practices of Columbia/HCA. In the spring of 1997, federal agents conducted document raids on several Columbia facilities.[3] In 1997, altogether, Federal investigators seized records from more than two dozen facilities of the company, in Oklahoma and six other states.[10]

In July 1997, Scott, then the Chairman and CEO of Columbia/HCA, was forced out by the company's board of directors. He left with a $10 million severance package and 10 million shares of stock, most of which were from his initial investment before the company was taken public. At the time, the shares were worth more than $300 million. Scott was replaced by Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr., the co-founder of HCA [3] and the brother of Senator Bill Frist, then Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate.[11] In 1999, Columbia/HCA changed its name back to HCA, Inc.

In 2001, HCA reached a plea agreement with the U.S. government that avoided criminal charges against the company and included $95 million in fines. [3] In late 2002, HCA agreed to pay the U.S. government $631 million, plus interest, and pay $17.5 million to state Medicaid agencies, in addition to $250 million paid up to that point to resolve outstanding Medicare expense claims.[12] In all, civil law suits cost HCA more than $1.7 billion to settle, including more than $500 million paid in 2003 to two whistleblowers.[3]

Here's what Rachel Maddow had last night.

Thanks to Gordon at Alternate Brain for the heads-up on this.


ZenYenta said...

But what's good is that all this is coming out about him. It doesn't look great for the opponents of health care reform to have this guy on the radar. I hope.

YogaforCynics said...

Thanks for sharing. Those swift-boat people are truly shameless (in fact, I'd say that the only person more shameless is the guy who had them working with his campaign despite the incredibly vicious racist attack they made on his family back in 2000...I give you: John McCain)....

Grandpa Eddie said...

ZenYenta - It is good that this is coming out about Scott. but not all the MSM is saying anything about him. Most of them keep talking about how the govt will tell you which Dr you can see, which is a Rethuglican scare tactic.

Grandpa Eddie said...

Yoga - McCain is pretty damn shameless. I think Scott is counting on the short attention span of the American public for him to help pull this off without people, and the press, realizing who and what he is.

Neil Curtis said...

I just happened to run into this blog by accident. I heard a great interview with Rick on Hugh Hewitt's http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/TalkRadio/Show.aspx?RadioShowID=5&ContentGuid=53463eda-e63d-4990-97a4-6f52227b0a66 show this week. I haven't heard anyone on the site discuss the merits of the issue, only bashing Rick. I don't know all the background on him, but if you are bashing him, what about Tim Geithner, who is a tax cheat.
I would like to see a real discussion of what would be the effects of the government directly competing with private health care. It seems logical that businesses would dump their health insurance knowing that the government will pick it up. Medicaid is already going to be insolvent in a few years. What happens with all those who are insured through their jobs are now on "free" government health insurance? You have more people and less money, the only option will be rationing. The Left calls it scare tactics, (like in earlier years when people warned about Social Security and Medicaid's eventual collapse but I have been listening to talk radio for years and listening to real doctors talking about how they are getting less and less money from Medicaid. In other countries they are already taking about determining after what age is medical treatment not "cost effective." Can you imagine having to tell your grandmother; sorry you are too old to receive this treatment anymore? Someone who is half your age and is still productive needs this more.
Check out Socialized Medicine is Sicko http://www.freemarketcure.com/socializedmedicineissicko.php

Grandpa Eddie said...

Well Neil Curtis, I see part of your problem is that you listen to talk radio and take it for "gospel" truth, which it isn't.

The reason that Medicaid is on the way to insolvency is because ever since the "Reagan Revolution" all aspects of Social Security have been included in the Federal Budget (which it was not supposed to be) and the Republicans in charge at the time raided it for billions of dollars and never paid it back.

BTW, Doctors want a single payer because as it is now the insurance companies decide who can have what medical care. Doctors care about people, insurance companies care about money not people.

And if you want to talk about a tax cheat, let's talk about Michael P. Leahy, the asshat who organized the "teapartys", who is a tax cheat with federal tax liens against him.

And BTW, Geithner paid his back taxes.

Neil Curtis said...

Is Government Health Insurance Cheap?The false comparison between the costs of public and private medical plans.

Grandpa Eddie said...

Well let's see Neil, the in fo you list here comes from a right-wing rag written be two right-wingers. Therefore they will take the idea put forward by Obama or any other Democrat and try to make it appear as a terrible thing, just like Scott.

The whole reason these people are against a single payer is that if the private insurance companies are replaced by a single payer(ie federal govt)a certain group of people will not be able to become even more wealthy off the pain and suffering of those who buy their health coverage and then are told if and when they can use that coverage.