Do You Trust This Man With Your Health Insurance?

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Rick Scott, former chairman of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., appearing on CNN August 6, 2009

CNN’s Rick Sanchez takes disgraced executive to task. Rick Scott’s group is behind the recent disruptions at some town hall-style meetings addressing health insurance reform. Watch the video.

This is the same Rick Scott that, according to Media Matters:

resigned as chairman of the nation’s largest for-profit health care company in 1997 amid a federal investigation into the company’s Medicare billing, physician recruiting, and home-care practices. According to a July 26, 1997, Los Angeles Times article, Scott resigned “as chairman of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. amid a massive federal investigation into the Medicare billing, physician recruiting and home-care practices of the nation’s largest for-profit health care company.” On December 15, 2000, Forbes reported that HCA — The Heathcare Company, formerly Columbia/HCA Healthcare — “pleaded guilty to a variety of fraud charges. It admitted to bilking various government programs and agreed to pay a total of $840 million in fines and penalties.” Forbes also reported that “Scott was forced to resign in the wake of the initial fraud charges in 1997.”

Republicans seem to be having a staffing problem. They trust someone who chaired a company accused of defrauding the government to lead the charge against health-care reform. They also chose a man rejected by the Senate’s Judiciary Committee because of racial insensitivity to lead the charge against the first Hispanic Supreme Court nominee.

It’s almost as if someone had infiltrated the GOP/conservative ranks and was doing all of these things to sabotage the party. Wait a minute… maybe Democratic operatives are behind all of this ineptitude. Oh, Nooooo! Another conspiracy (theory).

Just what the GOP needs to keep them focused.

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