Tampa: Seedy Host to Republican Coming-Out PartyFlorida's Governor is ex-Columbia/HCA CEO Rick Scott. Under Scott's reign Columbia/HCA improperly billed Medicare and Medicaid and ended up paying $3 billion in fines.
A Tampa area Republican leader offered this defense of Scott:
“He’s not a politician, and that explains a lot of his behavior; he just looks at things as a businessman would.”Businessmen expect the government to aid the race to the lowest global common denominator on worker pay, benefits and taxes. It doesn't hurt to throw in significant non-debt, non-equity, taxpayer-funded capital injections while looking the other way on ethical transgressions.
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