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Scott sues feds for denying access to VA hospitals

Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday he's suing the federal government over the refusal of the Veterans Administration to allow state inspectors to visit VA hospitals. A release from the governor's office said the complaint will be filed in U.S. District Court against VA Secretary Eric Shinseki in an attempt to secure access to VA hospitals by the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

Scott's statement cited reports of deaths, neglect, poor conditions and a secret waiting list at federal VA hospitals in Florida, which he called "unacceptable." He said the lawsuit is necessary to stop the VA's "practice of stonewalling our inspectors."

 

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Redundant

If Scott and the Legislature had expanded Medicaid many more veterans would be served. This is more political grandstanding for his anti-Obama base, nothing more. He has no concern for the health and welfare of Florida citizens, veterans, children or the common worker.

Can't take anymore

Which one of this idiot's squadron of expensive political advisers came up with the idea? Scott has personally denied access to health care to hundreds of thousands of eligible persons in Florida and is now suddenly an advocate? Give me a break! No wonder Crist is spending virtually nothing on his campaign for governor and yet is ahead of this buffoon in the polls.

MarvinM

Scott had 3 1/2 years to look into what was going on in the VA hospitals in our state, if he actually had cared, but didn't do anything until he could make political Hay over it. It sickens and disgusts me to know tax dollars (lawsuits ain't cheap) that could be put to a truly good use for Floridians are in effect going to Scott's re-election campaign.

Highly paid Republican operative

Stop trashing the Boss. There is no pleasing you people except for ed.

CoralGablesNative

The inspectors have been denied access because the state AHCA has no jurisdiction over a federal facility. This suit isn't going anywhere.

MarvinM

If you're right CGN (and I suspect you are), why would the state's AG let this go forward? This definitely is going on my list of Things to Get Answers About from AG Candidates before I vote this Nov.

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