Rick Scott’s Company Committed Historic Medicare Fraud. He Will Now Lead Trump’s Health Care Push
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By Matt Stieb – April 1 2019
If the Trump administration has a domestic policy doctrine at this point, it could be described as the following practice: the appointment of industry insiders to cabinet-level positions in order to deregulate or otherwise surgically dismantle the protections of a given department.
In this spirit comes the announcement that Florida Senator Rick Scott would deliver on President Trump’s promise that the GOP “will soon be known as the party of health care.” On Thursday, Trump told reporters that Scott, and fellow Republican Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would lead the party’s push on health care reform.
“They are going to come up with something really spectacular,” the president said.
If by spectacular, he means a candidate who was at the helm of a company that pleaded guilty to historic efforts to defraud Medicare, the president has found his man. In the 1990s, Scott was the CEO of Columbia/HCA, a company that, under his direction, owned more than 340 hospitals, 135 surgery centers, and 550 home health locations by the time Scott resigned in 1997. That year, federal agents announced an investigation into whether or not the company defrauded Medicare and Medicaid on a massive scale. Turns out, they did: according to Politifact’s summary of the settlementColumbia/HCA made with the Justice Department, the company took the following actions while Scott was CEO:
- Columbia billed Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal programs for tests that were not necessary or ordered by physicians;
- The company attached false diagnosis codes to patient records to increase reimbursement to the hospitals;
- The company illegally claimed non-reimbursable marketing and advertising costs as community education;
- Columbia billed the government for home health care visits for patients who did not qualify to receive them….
Bernie: "Not Me. Us"
April 1, 2019 at 10:38 AM #48158EnthusiastParticipant
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A very odd choice indeed.
Who would consider this a good choice after examining the record? Why would you place an outlaw in charge?
I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".
April 1, 2019 at 11:01 AM #48161Bernie 4 2020Participant
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Odd choice? I’m thinking more like, “wrong choice”.
For Chump, it makes sense. A loser for a loser healthcare proposal. Scott is a total loser.
I will be a Bernie supporter FOREVER. This whole thing with Bernie and his people oriented policies were meant to be introduced in this day and age!! Many have tried and failed in the past. Succeeding was almost impossible. It's kind of a gimme in today's corrupt 2 party system that you have to work within. Just look how things have changed in the past 8 years from Bernie's policies. It was meant to be. Wait it out. Change will come. Thank you Bernie for all you've done. You are a truly amazing person.
April 1, 2019 at 12:30 PM #48196GZeusHParticipant
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Is that a rhetorical question, or are you asking that of every Trump voter?
The reason FOX is Trump’s favorite news outlet is because he is running Henhouse Inc.
Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.
If you just got finessed into calling the medicine that won the 2015 Nobel Prize for its role in treating human disease ‘horse de-wormer’ then you need to sit the next couple of plays out.
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