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Rick Scott Is Not A Criminal; He Is The New Governor Of Florida! Or The Rewards Of Medicare Fraud!
The Rick Scott Fraud Files
GOP Embraces Disgraced CEO As One Of Its Own!
When the corporation you start and operate is fined by the Federal Government for Medicare fraud, where do you run? Of course, you run for Governor of the state of Florida! And you win! After your company pays a whopping, record setting fine of $1.7 Billion dollars and the company pleads guilty to 14 felonies, the GOP says, "You are one of us!" and gives Rick Scott that hug that lets him know he has arrived! The new governor of Florida is now bringing his 'GOP values' to the sunshine state as its CEO. What a Glorious Old Party it is!
The great thing about incorporating is that major advantage: You can now hide behind the excuse that the corporation did it, I didn't. That is exactly what Rick Scott has done.
Healthcare Fraud In Florida More Rampant Than Cocaine!
- Medicare Fraud: A $60 Billion Crime - 60 Minutes - CBS News
60 Minutes on CBS News: Medicare Fraud: A $60 Billion Crime - A.G. Holder Tells 60 Minutes More Oversight Is Needed; Scammer Explains How Easy It Is To Steal Millions
The Building Of An Empire! A Schmuck or A Criminal?
Rick Scott, best known for being the head of Columbia/HCA, built an empire of for profit hospitals across the country. It started with the purchase of two financially strapped facilities in Texas and grew to over 350 hospitals and free-standing outpatient for-profit clinics and surgery centers, with 30% of Florida hospitals owned by the corporation. They were called the Wal-Mart of Hospitals. It is a well known fact that HCA paid huge bonuses to doctors for their referral of patients to his facilities. The corporation paid about $30 million dollars in fines just for doctor kickbacks, which are illegal. On his campaign website, Scott said that he would have corrected any problems at the company ``immediately'' had he known about them. But a former company insider told The Miami Herald that he warned Scott in a meeting of ``significant problems'' at least six months before Scott's resignation, which came nine days after the FBI raided 33 Columbia hospitals and offices in six states. The new board took the rap for the crimes, while Scott skated away with millions in severance and more millions in stock options. If Scott knew nothing of the criminal acts committed by the corporation, arguments could be made that he was a schmuck. Either that or he was a criminal. There are no other choices. Neither option leaves him a credible governor.
The company was charged with, among other crimes, falsified billing designed to increase reimbursements from the government. It was just taxpayer money, something a governor would not normally be concerned with. They were found guilty of upcoding, which means billing for more expensive tests than were actually provided, false diagnosis codes, saying that a patient is sicker than he really is. An example of a false diagnosis would be admission to the hospital for the flu, but your paperwork and billing codes say you were admitted and treated for COPD. The result would be more money for the hospital stay. The kickbacks, and a myriad of other billing offenses brought HCA down. Scott has always said that he did not know what was going on in his own company, yet scores of employees, company attorneys and board members say otherwise. Whistleblowers brought numerous claims of fraudulent actions against the company. How many criminals ever stand up and say, "I did it, put the handcuffs on me."
According to Marc Caputo and Scott Hiaasen, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau, "During the investigations by the government, Scott was scheduled to be interviewed by investigators, and during a July 27, 2000 deposition in a civil lawsuit involving an unrelated contract dispute, Scott refused to answer questions by invoking his right to Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination 75 times — a maneuver that can be legally applied only when the witness suspects he is the target of criminal investigation". Scott knew the company was in a jam and he did everything he could to protect himself from any type of incrimination. It worked. This attorney (wouldn't you know it?) pleaded the 5th seventy five times. He didn't want to incriminate himself. If there was no knowledge, what was he protecting himself from?
Scott's favorite line during the campaign seemed to be, "As I have said repeatedly, Columbia/HCA made mistakes, and I take responsibility for what happened on my watch as CEO." Another GOP legislator that believes in redemption! Gotta love that redemption! The problem with Scott's statement is that he took no responsibility. Not once, not ever. Even though the corporation allegedly put aside $1 billion dollars into a special fund to pay fines, just in case the feds came snooping, Scott, as CEO, would have no reason to know about the existence of that fund. Right! Are you kidding me?
UPDATE: Scott Mandates Quarterly Drug Testing; Who Will Profit?
Always the businessman, Scott just issued an executive order that all public employees be drug-tested at least quarterly, and has presented legislation to mandate the testing of all welfare recipients in the state. The Constitutionality of these is in question, but the scope of this update is not designed to debate the wisdom or Constitutionality of this new and unexpected move. Instead, follow the money...
Rick Scott signed over his newest private venture, Solantic, to his wife. Solantic has several urgent care clinics throughout the state of Florida. They are currently being investigated by the Federal Government for alleged Medicare fraud. They not only provide urgent care services, but even offer "The Gift of Health". From Solantic's website:
"The new Health Check Card offers a comprehensive series of tests valued at $145 which may help identify and lead to early intervention for a variety of health issues. For only $50, the Health Check Card provides a basic physical exam and lab work including a complete blood count, metabolic profile and thyroid check, plus a free online Personal Health Assessment. It's a great value and can be used on its own or to supplement existing health care coverage for loved ones, friends and co-workers."
What a novel approach to gift-giving! Guys, check this out as a Valentine's gift or better yet, an anniversary gift!
More important than this though, Solantic offers, yes! wait for it, wait for it! Drug screening! For $35.00, Solantic performs a drug screening. Offering what they call a "Starbucks Style Menu", Solantic offers many lab tests and other services, but just how many of Florida's 486,265 (all employees who receive funding from the state) employees will receive drug testing at Solantic? The number of employees may seem high, but there are many employees whose jobs are funded by the state and are not included in the state's official tally. Assuming that Scott wants ALL employees that benefit from state funding to be tested (why wouldn't he?), the total would reach the 485 thousand mark. Let's see now: 485,265 X 4 tests per year = $67,937,100.00. That does not even count the welfare recipients in the state. And if Scott's wife is barred from providing the testing, Scott has many friends in the field. I may move and set up a few labs...That is alot of money for a state that is so cash-strapped that Scott is proposing the elimination of $21 million dollars in tax credits to seniors!
Rick Scott and His History Of Hospital, Doctor Kickbacks And Medicare Fraud!
Stockholder reports, a federal lawsuit and the recollection of a former hospital attorney cast doubt on Rick Scott's claims that he wasn't warned about legal problems at his former hospital company.
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