Saturday, March 26, 2011

Die faster lazy poor people

Dear Florida Voters: If you elect a guy who defrauds Medicare he going to keep gaming the system. Hence, Republican governor Rick Scott's latest scheme:
Scott and Florida Republicans are currently trying to enact a sweeping Medicaid reform bill that would give HMOs and other private health care companies unprecedented control over the government health care program for the poor. Among the companies that stand to benefit from the bill is Solantic, a chain of urgent-care clinics aimed at providing emergency services to walk-in customers. The Florida governor founded Solantic in 2001, only a few years after he resigned as the CEO of hospital giant Columbia/HCA amid a massive Medicare fraud scandal. In January, he transferred his $62 million stake in Solantic to his wife, Ann Scott, a homemaker involved in various charitable organizations. [...]

The majority of Medicaid patients receive care through private companies and HMOs, but under Florida's bill such firms would end up having vast new authority over the program, with great leeway to limit access to services or reduce benefits. The bill would also put a hard cap on the amount of money that these managed care companies could spend on Medicaid, which advocates say could particularly harm disabled and elderly patients who require costlier long-term care.
In other words, the "die quickly" health care plan. Like the person who waited four months to get a biopsy on a throat cancer because of the convoluted HMO authorization requirements.

Also, Scott just "signed an executive order requiring random drug testing of many state employees and applicants for state jobs" and is pushing for a bill to require drug testing of welfare applicants. I'm sure you'll be shocked to learn that Solantic is also in the business of drug testing. But his spokesmen claim there's no conflict of interest.

I never cease to be amazed at how "the voters" can't seem to remember for more than ten minutes that if you give Republicans power, they will use it to enrich only themselves at the taxpayers' expense.

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Blogger Ruth said...

Emptying out the prisons to provide candidates on the right, it seems.

4:26:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

If only more them actually served real jail time...

5:01:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Nah, turn them loose in Sarasota and West Palm beach and watch them be beaten to death with walkers and canes.

It's encouraging that I'm hearing some heavy dislike of Scott from people I would expect, voted for him.

But don't we have to mention that the Democrats ran Kendrick Meek (rhymes with weak) against him in a state with that traditional value of racism?

5:28:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

That's good to know Fogg, and yeah, the Dems didn't play that race well at all.

8:57:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It's a mistake they make too often and in Florida, where Jesus couldn't get elected, (people would talk about his legitimacy, his lack of Christian values and his obvious socialism) it's a fatal one.

9:42:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Yeah, Dems never seem to get a handle on the state. Think they're heart is never fully in the fight there.

9:29:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Yikes typo, but you know what I meant.

9:29:00 AM  

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