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F.D. Stephenson

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  • Gov. Rick Scott enabled Irma's Fury through Climate Denialism & Should Resign
    • F.D. Stephenson 09/10/2017 at 12:51 pm

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      Taking the concept of chutzpah to a new level, Florida Governor Scott has even assailed Florida hospitals for "price gouging". Everyone recalls that Gov. Scott is a billionaire businessman who formerly was the infamous CEO of Columbia/HCA. Columbia/HCA was fined $1.7 billion for falsified patient billing and giving kickbacks to doctors, perpetrating the largest Medicare fraud in the entire history of the Medicare program. During the investigation, Scott testified that he was “unaware” of HCA' price gouging' while CEO.

      The basic problem is not price gouging, but rather Florida Gov. Rick Scott's efforts to lead this state to abandon the poor. It’s outrageous that Gov. Scott and his Republican supporters have joined other Republican state governors and legislators in refusing to provide coverage to low-income adults, even though the Affordable Care Act authorizes the federal government to pay most of the cost of this expansion in the Medicaid program.

      Hospital and health cost issues in Florida are problematic because Florida has a very high percentage of its citizens uninsured, and an even larger number under-insured, with a sharp disconnect between public need and the political/social will to change things . Republican obstructionism promotes inaction of the electorate, who in Florida suffer from a combination of being uniformed or misinformed and unable to advocate effectively for policies that would benefit all.

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