Why The Anti-Healthcare Reform Movement Is Probably Going To Fail

August 7, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – An interesting interview with Rick Scott, a former CEO who has been heading the anti-healthcare reform movement, may cause a few dissenters of a free health system to think twice about who they get to hold their banner.

Rick Scott was the head of the Columbia Hospital Corporation, which, if you don’t remember, was ordered to pay over $1.7 billion dollars in a settlement, when it was found that they were one of the organizations defrauding the government.

This fraud was conducted by overcharging Medicaid and Medicare over a ten year period, and resulted in the largest civil settlement fine in the history of the United States.

But when this was pointed out by CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, Scott had an argument up his sleeve. Apparently he should be blamed because; 1) he was only the head of the corporation during the embezzlement, not the payout; and 2) other companies were doing it too.

I’m not kidding.

Since it was a part of a larger hospital scandal during the 80’s and 90’s, Scott is being unfairly persecuted for his role as the head of the operation.

But it goes beyond that.

Sanchez pointed out the disturbing fact that Scott has recently bought up a number of hospitals and shut all but one in an area down. He feels this is in best interest to the patients, because it has ‘the best equipment’.

However, he fails to explain why it is he didn’t invest in working equipment for more hospitals. He also declined to comment on the reportedly dirty, unsanitary, and dangerous conditions of the hospitals he owns.

Seriously, this is the guy heading the anti-reform movement? And you wonder why people accuse the lack of support from CEO’s and lobbyists for universal health care as being a scam for their own profits?



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