Rick Scott launches ad, website addressing Columbia/HCA fraudby George Bennett | June 1st, 2010
Doing his best Ronald Reagan “There-you-go-again” imitation, wealthy Republican governor candidate Rick Scott addresses the Columbia/HCA Medicare fraud scandal in a new 60-second ad.
“Bill McCollum’s been in politics 30 years. You’d think he’d want to talk about his record. Instead, he’s just attacking me. That’s what career politicians do,” Scott says of the attorney general and rival GOP gubernatorial candidate.
Scott, the former chief executive officer of Columbia/HCA, acknowledges the hospital chain “was fined by the government for Medicare fraud,” though he doesn’t mention the dollar figure — more than $1.7 billion in fines and settlements after Scott’s 1997 departure.
“I wasn’t charged or even questioned by the authorities. But that’s not what matters. What matters is that the company made mistakes. And as CEO I take responsibility and learn from it,” says Scott, who then goes on to extol the quality and cost-effectiveness of his former hospital chain.
The Scott campaign has also launched a Truth About Rick Scott website to counter criticism.