Before Rick Scott was elected governor of Florida, he was implicated in one of the biggest Medicare fraud cases in history. Scott was CEO of Columbia/HCA when it was fined $ 1.7 billion and found guilty of swindling the government. Later, Scott invoked the Fifth Amendment 75 times in a 2000 deposition in a later civil case.
Well, Scott is out of the business of defrauding the federal government of funds for health care, but he is now in the business of depriving Floridians of federal funds dedicated to helping them get better, or any, health care at all. In a way, Scott is still doing what he was doing. But for less direct profit now.
Maybe that’s why Rick Scott is saying no to Medicaid expansion:
Florida is not going to implement Obamacare. We are not going to expand Medicaid and we’re not going to implement exchanges,” Scott’s spokesman Lane Wright told The Associated Press on Saturday.