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Scott responds to conflict of interest questions…sort of

by Dara Kam | March 15th, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott, a former health care CEO, gave a longish response to a question about The Palm Beach Post’s report about a potential conflict of interest with his proposed changes to the state’s regulation of the health care industry.

Asked what his response is to critics who say his changes are designed to benefit Solantic, the chain of urgent care clinics Scott recently transferred ownership of to his wife Ann, Scott stayed on message.

“Everything that I want to accomplish in health care in Florida is basically what I’ve believed all my life. I believe in the principle that if you have more competition, it will drive down the prices. If you give people more choices, it’s better for the consumer and also help drive down price. I believe that we should reward the person that takes care of themself, eats right, doesn’t smoke, exercises, things like that. All those things are the things that I believe in and that’s exactly what I’m going to do as governor,” Scott said.

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14 Responses to “Scott responds to conflict of interest questions…sort of”

  1. Dave Says:

    Lying Scumbag

  2. Ummm... Says:

    Now can you answer the question, please? Sounds like guilty rambling to me.

  3. Sandy Says:

    What a great example of the kind of politician I don’t want in office. I want to know why you don’t think there is a conflict of interest not what your beliefs about health care are. Waffling around like that makes me think you do plan on having your health co.(yes even though you turned it over to your wife, I still think it’s “your” co.) get some benefits from you being Governor. If you don’t, why not have someone totally unrelated be responsible for the co. while you are in office.

  4. oreally Says:

    What a great answer.

    He didn’t lie.

    He gave affirmation by his statement that Solantic benefits from his policies.

    And he explained why he spent $75 million to run for office.

    Glad he finally admits to it.

  5. JesUp Says:

    Wha Wha Wha What did he say??? Time for Florida to make open primaries part of our state constitution. Maybe then we can have candidates that will meet with the editors of newspapers and online news media. And who can answer the question being asked in a manner that makes sense, and not trying to twist or spin.

  6. IGotIt Says:

    Just goes to show you that you don’t need previous political experience to lie to and cheat your constituents.

  7. Pendulum Says:

    Not an answer to conflict of interest. Or transparency so much wanted by Tea Party

  8. Ellen Rentz Says:

    It is past time for Florida to and all states to have open primaries. Scott knew from the get-go that he had plans to take control of health care in Florida and make all of his money back. The Madoff of Medicare already knows how to do it.

  9. Kevin Says:

    Oh yeah, this stuff is just too good to be true. It’s going to make for a very interesting television documentary on how the introduction of billions in corporate cash and vast personal fortunes can make fools of the voters and twist election results in a way that harms the public interest. Here is the forward: A CEO of a major healthcare company resigns his post during an investigation involving government Medicare fraud and receives hundreds of millions in compensation and starts his own “doc in a box” healthcare company. By it’s nature his company does not qualify for Medicaid assignment but he gets involved in a state experiment providing HMO style managed care to patients under Medicaid through his company. His company does well but the state ends the experiment. He transfers his interest in his company into a revocable trust under his spouse’s name in an attempt to avoid a conflict of interest so he can run for Governor of Florida. He spends an unprecedented 73 million dollars in personal wealth to finance his bid for office and wins by a thin margin. He rewrites the states Medicaid policy shifting all Medicaid recipients to the managed care model. Meanwhile in order to satisfy his voting base he sells the states 2 airplanes to a connected company for 25% of their value then breaks the law by having the purchaser directly pay off the original note on one of the planes. He gives all state workers a pay cut of 5 percent, slashes the states education budget by over a billion dollars and turns back to the Fed, Billions of dollars in capital improvement project funding. He submits his own version of the state budget which includes a doubling the governors office staff as well as it’s budget and requests an additional 700 million in cash to hand out to corporations as he sees fit. Some fearless investigative reporter needs to take this story and expose him as the fraud he is to everyone. We need to recall him as our governor and prosecute him for his crimes past and present. His statements above obviously do not address the conflict of interest question at all but merely side stepped it.

  10. Florida Resident Voter and Pissed Says:

    So Rick Scott says people should take care of themselves? What about people who contract Multiple Schlerosis, cancer, ALS, and all the other diseases through no fault of their own?
    Rick Scott is horrible – even on the Florida politician scale.

  11. Oxy Limbaugh Says:

    Thank you Tea Party for this wonderful gift of a Governor! You stood on street corners, you screamed and protested, and this is what it got all of us. The reason that the Republicans want to cut education is because they need more loud mouthed idiots to keep them in power so they can steal what little money that the middle class has left. You did this…

  12. John Says:

    Is it theoretically possible that, just maybe, his core values and principles might just happen to result in policies that might also happen to benefit his company? I happen to agree with his policy positions. Should I ignore that, just because of the chance that it might also benefit his company?

    It’s the same thing as the issue of Glenn Beck and gold. Does Glenn Beck advocate gold because they advertise on his programs, or do they advertise on his program because he advocates gold (and did so long before they started advertising)?

    If you hate the guy, you’re going to look for the worst motive possible in everything he does. If you are open-minded and fair, you evaluate the issue on the substance and the merits of the arguments.

    I expect Rick Scott to be a one term governor, not because of being evil, corrupt, etc. but simply because he’s going to try to do the things that need to be done, but shallow-minded, short-sighted people (i.e. the majority) won’t like.

    I will enjoy watching the bankrupting of our cities, states, and Federal Government because the people deserve what they will get. No politician’s campaign speech or pundit on TV can teach people what they need to know quite like reality and pain will educate them.

  13. Kevin Says:

    @John No way!!!!!!!

  14. Tanya Tweeton Says:

    “We, the People” recalled the Mayor of Miami. Can “we the people” recall a Governor?

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