In late June, Florida’s governor and GOP Legislature shut down the state’s only hospital to treat tuberculosis. At the same time, the state was experiencing the largest outbreak of TB - “consumption” - in America in 20 years. The CDC warned Scott’s health office an epidemic was in the offing. But he never even told the lawmakers who voted to close the hospital, much less Florida’s millions of citizens who are at risk of their lungs melting.
As our Florida correspondent reports, it’s par for the course in the Sunshine State, where even septic-tank inspections are derided as socialism, and conservative lawmakers have cut social services to the bone—and Rick Scott has cut even further, using his line-item veto to slash mercilessly at Legislature-approved spending he deems unimportant.
Scott, for his part, has yet to comment on the TB outbreak in Jacksonville, Miami, and who knows where else. He’s at an air show in London.
Health care #fails, continued: WHAT HATH FOX NEWS WROUGHT?!
The video above shows Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, one of the leaders of the GOP lawsuit against Obamacare, bringing a clemency meeting (no, really) to a halt to show tea party Gov. Rick Scott the good news: The Supreme Court overturned the individual mandate!
The governor quickly calls a recess, starts celebrating, and runs out to find a TV. Hilarity ensues at 1:08, when a Republican staffer apparently realizes that Bondi’s news source — Fox, perhaps? CNN? — had goofed, and SCOTUS upheld the whole law. Awkward!
Last Monday, Rick Scott—Florida’s beleaguered freshman tea party governor—made a powerful executive decision: He signed legislation to require drug tests of state employees. On Friday, he acted decisively and signed a controversial pro-school-prayer bill into law. His top cop, Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, spent the week on one of her top priorities: promoting the state’s Supreme Court case against President Obama’s health care reforms. The state’s Republican Party this week also began airing a new pro-Scott ad, two years ahead of his next election, and Scott’s also taken to bragging about his recent legislative accomplishments.
Somewhere in there, the governor addressed Trayvon Martin’s killing…
Wherein Florida’s hapless (white billionaire) tea party governor takes the silver spoon out of his mouth just long enough to shove both feet in it:
To his credit, Scott, clad in sweatpants, greeted the marchers outside his home. To his detriment, he decided to talk.
Apparently grasping for some common ground, Scott began his speech by reminding the protesters that he’d lived in public housing as a youngster. The Florida A&M marchers were less than pleased. “We’re not poor!” one of them shouted back.
Last year, political neophyte Rick Scott spent $73 million of his own money to bring the tea party’s anti-government, pro-privatization agenda to the Florida governor’s office. Today, the former executive pays just $30 a month for health care—and lets taxpayers cover the rest…
Scott and his dependents pay one-fifth what a janitor in the state Capitol pays for health insurance… and less than 3 percent of what a retired state trooper pays for life-saving coverage.
Was CEO of the health care corporation Columbia/HCA when it was slammed by the feds for the largest Medicare and Medicaid frauds ever. The firm ultimately paid $1.7 billion in fines. Scott left the company with $300 million in stock options and a $1 million-a-year consulting salary.
On the tea party website to support this mensch, there’s a survey that asks, “What issues concern you most?” Your only choices are: Ending the Deficit; Government Spending; High Unemployment Rate; Tax Increases.
Yes, thank God the tea partiers have a straight shooter like Rick Scott to protect them from government interference in their lives.
Scott said he saw a study last week (we’re checking to see where it came from) that showed the average government worker earns $9,000 more than the average private sector employee.
“It doesn’t mean the study is right. There are so many studies that come out,” Scott said. “But if you just think about it on the private side, if you’re a taxpayer, almost no taxpayer has a pension plan anymore. Very few, because the private companies couldn’t compete.
“Ninety-five percent of all Americans shop at Wal-mart at least once a year. When those Americans go shop there, they don’t say, ‘Gosh, I’m going to pay for that product because they have the best pension plan, or the best health care insurance or the nicest boss.’ They go based on price.
“As taxpayers and as consumers, we go to price.”
Translation: Shut up and be good customers, rubes.