Rick Scott Should Be In Jail

Any outcome to this election that doesn't ultimately result in Florida Governor Rick Scott going to prison is not going to be fully satisfactory. We haven't seen such naked attempts to disenfranchise blacks since the 1960's. He's also the man who carried out the biggest example of Medicare fraud in the country's history.


In settlements reached in 2000 and 2002, Columbia/HCA pled guilty to 14 felonies and agreed to a $600+ million fine in the largest fraud settlement in US history. Columbia/HCA admitted systematically overcharging the government by claiming marketing costs as reimbursable, by striking illegal deals with home care agencies, and by filing false data about use of hospital space. They also admitted fraudulently billing Medicare and other health programs by inflating the seriousness of diagnoses and to giving doctors partnerships in company hospitals as a kickback for the doctors referring patients to HCA. They filed false cost reports, fraudulently billing Medicare for home health care workers, and paid kickbacks in the sale of home health agencies and to doctors to refer patients. In addition, they gave doctors "loans" never intending to be repaid, free rent, free office furniture, and free drugs from hospital pharmacies.

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. In all, civil law suits cost HCA more than $2 billion to settle, by far the largest fraud settlement in US history.

How in the hell did Florida voters look at this man's record and decide to make him their governor? He's a straight-up crook. He should be considered a felon many times over. And now people are surprised that he acts like a gangster?

Booman Tribune / By Booman

Posted at August 27, 2012, 6:10am

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