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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Speak up for fraud

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 6:38 AM

The Family Council joined hands with a scurrilous bunch to inveigh against health care legislation yesterday. Broken system? What broken system? Uninsured? A trifling concern.

The executive director of the state Democratic Party questioned the credibility of the event’s sponsor, Washington-based Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, noting that its chairman, Rick Scott, formerly headed a company that was charged with defrauding government health care programs.

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Scott helped found and previously ran the Hospital Corporation of America, a for-profit hospital chain, but resigned in 1997 during a federal investigation. The company eventually paid $1.7 billion to settle charges of defrauding government health care programs.

“It’s ironic that the gentleman responsible for what the Department of Justice called the ‘largest health care fraud case in U.S. History’ … ‘for false claims resulting from a variety of allegedly unlawful practices, including cost report fraud and the payment of kickbacks to physicians’ is now trying to tell Arkansans they should trust his opinion on public policy,” Hatta said in an e-mail to the Arkansas News Bureau. “Listening to Rick Scott talk health care policy is like asking the fox to guard the hen house.”

How nice that a so-called Christian group, the same one that fought expanding the pool of good homes for abandoned children, is now fighting against universal health care. Remind me: Isn't there something in the Bible about all this?

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