By Crusader1954, 99GetSmart
Ø Recent news pertaining to Florida Governor Rick Scott
On Thursday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) made his case for deciding not to implement provisions of President Barack Obama’s health care law, saying he was focused on creating jobs, not putting money into government programs.
Speaking on CBS’s “This Morning,” Scott explained his opposition to expanding Medicaid coverage to poor Americans, saying it would place too great of a financial burden on the state and take away from other areas, such as education.
Ø Rick Scotts position as the CEO of Hospital Corporation of America
HCA board of directors pressured Scott to resign as Chairman and CEO following the inquiry. He was paid $9.88 million in a settlement. He also left owning 10 million shares of stock worth over $350 million.
This was after investigators from the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services served search warrants, on March 19, 1997, at Columbia/HCA facilities in El Paso and on dozens of doctors with suspected ties to the company.
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 to 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 to 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.
Do you want Florida Governor, Rick Scott, deciding whether we receive healthcare services?
Rick Scott turns away federal money to help the poor and elderly to receive needed healthcare, but he doesn’t turn down $9.88 million in a settlement, and 10 million shares of stock worth over $350 million from HCA in 1997.
Florida Governor Rick Scott is not worthy of the position or of the peoples trust. Vote Rick Scott out!!!
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