Sunday, April 5, 2009
Foxy Richard Scott Wants to Protect Us Chickens
Richard Scott was the former President of Columbia/HCA, the worlds largest health care company in the 1990s. He was ousted by his own board of directors after the company pleaded guilty to fraud against state and federal health programs. They paid $1.7 billion to settle charges. Big businessman Scott spoke out back then against non-profit hospitals (his competition) and said they were "non-taxpaying hospitals" that had no business doing hospital business.
He "retired" with his personal billions to Naples, Florida and he now owns a chain of urgent care clinics, serves on 5 large corporation boards of director and runs a private investment firm.
Richard Scott, the "Gordon Gecko" of the health care world, is using his personal money and influence on Capital Hill to form a new group, "Conservatives for Patients' Rights" to speak out against President Obama's health care plans. It doesn't matter that the President has been rather busy with the economy and has not yet outlined his health care plan...Scott is ready to oppose it no matter what.
According the the New York Times, it is rather odd that someone who led a company that defrauded the government, and also was the recipient of millions of dollars in personal profits from Medicare and Medicaid programs, is now the Republican spokesman against change and reform. Even industry groups and Republicans who opposed the Clinton health care proposals are admitting that some form of reform is necessary and inevitable.
Scott and the conservative public relations firm, CRC, who brought us the Swift Boat attacks on Senator John Kerry, have gone pubic with TV ads that star Scott ( an ego, ya think?) saying "Imagine waking up one day and all your medical decisions are made by a central, national board." He has dispatched cameras to other countries to discredit socialized medicine so we should be seeing those ads soon.
I think Americans have become a little smarter and a little less willing to listen to swindlers. Richard Scott, go crawl back under your Florida sand castle.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 8:08 AM