Six Ways Rick Scott Has Screwed Florida

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Earlier this week, Rick Scott was called out on a couple of misleading campaign ads claiming that 300,000 Floridians have lost their insurance due to Obamacare.

But Florida Blue, the insurance company at the center of one of the ads, says this is not true.

Scott, however, is standing by the ad, having told reporters on Wednesday, "Clearly, the ad's accurate," according to the Miami Herald.

But a fact check shows that the ad is not accurate at all.

Of course, this is nothing new. Scott has screwed Florida multiple ways, then wiped down his screw-ups with a veneer of misinformation.

Here are just six of the things he's done that have made him a not-so-popular governor for our state:

6. He's treated Florida like he treated his own personal health-care company.
Scott has been running Florida much like he ran his hospital chain. Poorly. In 1997, FBI agents raided Scott's Columbia/HCA, the health-care company. The company allegedly paid kickbacks to doctors in exchange for patient referrals and overcharged Medicare. The U.S. Justice Department called the resulting criminal case the largest health-care fraud case in American history. Columbia/HCA pleaded guilty to 14 felonies and paid $1.7 billion in fines. Scott was never charged personally and then became governor of Florida.

5. He's lied about Obamacare before.
Scott fought the implementation of Obamacare, despite the millions of uninsured Floridians he serves. In fact, he was so adamantly against it that he made up bad math to avoid expanding Medicaid. Scott argued that Medicaid expansion would cost Florida $63 billion over ten years, with the state paying $26 billion. But according to a legislative budget analyst and State Economist Amy Baker, Scott's Medicaid-cost math was a liberal estimate. Analysts pointed out the faulty numbers and sent the estimate back to the Agency for Health Care Administration for a redo. According to the analysis, the original report's numbers were crazy fat because it did not take into account the full amount the federal government would be reimbursing states that choose to expand Medicaid.


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Curt Cole
Curt Cole

Not to mention what a disaster he's made of the states property insurance rates

crdnl847
crdnl847

Everyone  calling for  Scott  to  be  jailed , castrated, his  head  on  a stick  etc,, I  fully  agree that he  is a  crook,  schemer, scammer  and  lining his  own wallet  at the  expense  of  the  public.  I  will   volunteer  and  work to  see  Scott is   kicked to the  curb  in Nov and  Charlie Crist   (or  anyone else)  occupy the  governor's  mansion in Jan..anyone would  be  better than  Scott,,   and  while it's  good to  let off  steam and   hope that he's  convicted of  fraud  and  anything else  he  can be accused  of.. Realistically,,  Crook  Scott   probably  already has  or  will  have   provisions  in  place   to make  him  immune  from  prosecution and  will  be  leaving  office  with a  golden  parachute like he  did  with Columbia/ HCA.. hopefully  he   pull up  stakes  and  go  to  Texas, Wisconsin,  S. Carolina  , Ga,, some other T  party  stronghold or  wherever and   do it  all over  again,,  the   man is a  virus and.whatever  happens  Fla  will be  better  off  when he's  gone   

cjm169
cjm169

Also, in addition to the Drug Testing he required that the testing be done by his wife's company…. Resulting in  very large profits to he and his wife personally!!! 

rozdg
rozdg

And lets not forget He signed the bill to stop the Senior gambling before he even checked it out.  He lumped us all together.  I would never vote for this idiot.

floridamom4
floridamom4

He is heartless, no soul, no compassion and thinks he is above the law  

Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen

Number 5 needs to go. That was a smart thing due to the Fed only footing the bill for 3 years.

mylo
mylo

Not expanding medicaid is a mega fail for FL... I feel sorry for Floridians. While in other states people who make up to $16k/year now have full medical and dental that is mostly reimbursed by the feds, in FL it's ER visits and bankruptcies, which cost much more and federal government do not even reimburse for it... very pathetic and sad and costs FL taxpayers way more than the full obamacare package(expanded medicaid) in other states that actually helps working people.

jsbabl
jsbabl

Requiring the unemployed to take a test was ridiculous if not illegal... Could have been challenged in court by someone willing to take up the cause..... Lost my vote even though he opposed Obamafail.   I voted for him last election and reluctantly I will vote for Flip Flop Charlie.

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

Regarding #1, he took the wrong approach, he should have required them to have healthcare insurance. If they couldn't prove that, then he could make them buy it or pay a penalty. That would effectively wipe out the $ 275/week benefit for those with families ? they wouldn't have gotten a penny, the insurance company would've charged them $ 1,000 month for the family plan premium. And then Rick Scott would be your hero, indirectly saving the drug addicts that are unemployed by giving them affordable healthcare ?

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

1-5 are good things and #6 has nothing to do with his time as Governor.....


So basically you are just shilling for the liberal left......again.



Redd
Redd

I disagree about the voter purge and the high-speed rail.


When you know the voter registrar (supervisor of elections) doesn't do any validations when you register, How can you possibly support allowing people to vote that should not.


that's a fact.  you can fill out a voter registration for your dog, fill it out, mail it in, an you will get a voter id in the mail back.  (try it for yourself).


Someone someplace needs to check an ID to vote. 


how much fraud should we allow?  


2) the high speed rail to Orlando and tampa, is just foolish.  Who would take it?  


Last I checked, we don't have a traffic problem going to Orlando or Tampa.


We have commuter traffic problems.  Kendall to downtown, Weston to Downtown, 


Light rail from suburbs to office centers are the better use of that money.  


(and once the federal money runs our on the highspeed rail to Orlando, who pays then?)




The other items are fairly valid.  







cour71
cour71

He knows he doesn't care about Floridians who are not rich and white so he's desperately trying to win the Cuban vote by placing a Cuban guy from Miami. Let's see how many fools fall for that tactic

Curt Cole
Curt Cole

i'm sorry ... but you forgot to mention how he's screwed up homeowners insurance in this state too!

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

You need to step it up a couple of notches Chris.  Voldemort has screwed us way more than 6 times.

Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen

I only got up to 5 hand had to stop since you didn't include that the Fed would only help out for 5 years than it is up to the state to foot the entire bill. That means you'd end up with a state tax on every item you buy like New York just to cover it.

William Grey
William Grey

Number 1 should be just his existence, but I guess that would be how his parents screwed Florida.

Alexis Terrosa
Alexis Terrosa

I think only putting 6 is under estimating it a bit....or a lot

Dr.Mom
Dr.Mom

A python a bad ecstasy or a lizard from the tv show V  

gaillady123
gaillady123

@crdnl847 he is making the poor people who  he thinks deserve  the worst care get a hmo people need to see a family dr first  no matter if your heart or cancer has to be treated first  this has to stop with  the political people going along with  him why they  are rich  who cares for us the poor

bobl811
bobl811

@jsbabl  You are the first person I ever heard admit they voted for this idiot. I would rather have Charlie any day over the outright crook we have been forced to tolerate for the past 4 years.

Dr.Mom
Dr.Mom

@Anthonyvop1 Shilling for the liberal left? Really? What can possibly be good about limiting the right for citizens to vote? What can possibly be good about not accepting the high speed railroad funds? What good can come out of not accepting medicare expansion in a state with so many poor people? What is good about spitting on individual rights? On limiting unemployment insurance (note insurance which people pay for)? So, if you are saying one through five are good things your issues go way beyond voting. I would say you have contempt for human beings. 

rivermom66
rivermom66

Nobody mentioned the fraudulent increase from the power companies for restoring Crystal River power plant which will never happen. Floridians however will be paying for "nothing" until 2050. Nor was there mention of the Medicaid fraud, the water restoration FUBAR, the millions he embeds sled from his "wife's" company that he bribed our Judges to say was wasting their time to hear in criminal court proceedings, or did they mention cutting our education funding by still about 75 million dollars. He needs to be put in a cell with an inbred homosexual homicidal maniac and forced to feed on hillbilly hotdog 3 times a day until he simply slices his own throat one day out of guilt for enjoying Bubba's affections!!!

met1818
met1818

@rivermom66


I believe you're being way to generous, he should be castrated just as he's done to FL. The man is an out and out crook. The fact that he was allowed to "Resign" as CEO of Columbia/HCA and receive as severance pay $9.88 million in the settlement. To add insult to injury he also left owning 10 million shares of stock worth over $350 million. So, not only did he get away with a stack of felony charges he screwed the stockholders. While few people have sympathy for "stockholders" losing money, the facts are that the stockholders are, among others Teachers Pensions Plans, City and State Pension Plans, and virtually all of us are affected. Without giving a course in Financial Planning 101, the majority of shareholders in large corporations are not individuals; they are the large and small investment trusts that back retirement funds. When they lose all retirees, widows and children are affected.

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