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Rick Scott’s First 100 Days: Your Reaction in One Word

TBO.com asked for 1 word reactions to Rick Scotts first 100 days in office, and the word cloud is telling

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Rick Scott and the Corporate Takeover of Florida

Since Rick Scott bought the Florida Governor’s office, one question has been plaguing me: what’s in it for him? A self-described business-man with no political experience drops over $70 million on his campaign. What’s the pay-off for his large investment? An answer is beginning to materialize, and it’s unsettling how not-surprising it is.

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Scott was forced out as head of the for-profit hospital chain Columbia/HCA as a result of federal investigation against the company (who later plead guilty to Medicare fraud and paid a record $1.7 billion in fines). It was revealed that the company had been ripping off Medicare while giving kickbacks to doctors who steered patients to their hospitals.  6 days before he announced his candidacy, Rick Scott was deposed for a federal investigation on fraudulent business practices at his company Solantic.

As Governor, Voldemort transferred his Solantic ownership to his wife’s name. Solantic is regulated by the state, administers Medicaid, is licensed through the Agency for Health Care Administration, The Department of Health licenses its doctors, and both agencies’ secretaries are appointed by the Governor.

Governor Voldemort is very open about his opposition to the Patients for Affordability Act (cleverly referred to as “ObamaCare”). Not only does he refuse to implement the law, he organized raised over $20 million to fight the reform in 2009. Rick Scott is the founder of Conservatives for Patients Rights (CPR), one of the front groups who coordinated with allied groups (including Koch owned “Americans for Prosperity”) protestors at town-hall meetings nationally. This flyer was one of many they sent with schedules of meetings.

Scott has also recently taken action against pill-mill regulation. His controversial plans to kill the prescription drug database allowing  law-enforcement to track patients that “doctor shop” to obtain prescriptions for pain-killers like oxycodone. Solantic currently sells on-site prescription medication, and recently announced news they’ll be selling them at a deep discount.

So what do you think Rick Scott hopes to profit from his $70 billion investment?

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Recall Rick Scott

Rick Scott doesn’t seem to realize that he was elected Governor of Florida, not emperor. The Oath of Office for the Florida Governor begins with the pledge to uphold the Constitution of the United States and of Florida.

Even though the Fair Districts Amendments received more votes than he, Scott canceled the DOJ approval (filed by the previous administration) and is in violation with the U.S. Voting Rights Act.

Remember the “7-7-7 Plan” that promised “700,000 jobs in 7 years”? Since taking office in January, Scott has cut roughly 70,000 jobs, including the 30,000 jobs that would have come with high-speed rail plans.

Remember the two official state planes that he sold? Senator J.D. Alexander not only questions the legality of those sales, but puts it in writing. According to Article VII, Section 1(c) of the Florida Constitution and Sections, the governor must receive approval from the legislature. In a letter, Alexander asked Scott what his legal authority was in making that transaction. He also asked about some of the $3.67 million that was kept from the state treasury.

Democratic state Representative Rick Kriseman, of St-Petersburg,  filed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Florida voters to recall state legislators, cabinet members, and the governor. To set up a recall vote, a petition would require 15% of the votes cast in the last election.

Remember: Rick Scott won the election by only 50,000 votes.

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