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A quiet Fourth for 'Grandpa' Scott, then some politicking

Gov. Rick Scott headed to his hometown of Naples for some down time Tuesday. Aides said Scott planned no public events for the rest of the week, making this a particularly quiet time for a chief executive who usually keeps a hectic work schedule.

But Scott has other things on his mind at the moment. Both of his daughters, Allison and Jordan, are pregnant, and both are scheduled to give birth in August.

Both also are expecting boys, which will give "Grandpa" three grandsons along with Auguste, born last year.

After a quiet Fourth, Scott plans to hit the road Sunday. He'll head to Pensacola as featured speaker at the annual Escambia County Lincoln Day Dinner celebration at the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel. Tickets are $55 each, and local GOP chairwoman Susan Moore is hoping for a sellout.

Have things improved for Scott? Pensacola would be a pretty good place to answer that question. Two years ago, when he spoke at the same event, Scott was greeted by catcalls from dozens of local teachers who were protesting his policies. One carried a sign reading "F(D)CAT," for "Florida doesn't care about teachers." That was before Scott championed a $2,500 teacher pay raise.

-- Steve Bousquet


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‘Scott ran a company that paid a record fine for committing Medicare fraud’

In the spring of 1987, Scott purchased two Texas hospitals to start a company first known as Columbia. He quickly grew the company by purchasing more hospitals to create a large and profitable network.

In 1994, Columbia purchased Tennessee-headquartered HCA and its 100 hospitals, and merged the companies. Columbia/HCA grew to more than 340 hospitals, 135 surgery centers and 550 home health locations, employing more than 285,000 people.

Scott resigned as chief executive officer in 1997, the year that federal agents went public with an investigation into the company, first seizing records from four El Paso-area hospitals and then expanding across the country.

In time, it became apparent that the investigation focused on whether Columbia/HCA bilked Medicare and Medicaid for tests that were not necessary or ordered by physicians, and for attaching false diagnosis codes to patient records to increase reimbursement to the hospitals.

Scott resigned as CEO in July, less than four months after the inquiry became public. Company executives said that if Scott had remained CEO, the entire chain could have been in jeopardy. At issue, Scott said, was that he wanted to fight the federal government accusations. The corporate board of the publicly traded company wanted to settle."


William B.

When did Bousquet and the Gov. become BFF??


William B.,

Bousquet and the media apparently forget when Scott treated them like crap and closed his doors to him.

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