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Florida sues feds to gain access to VA hospitals

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The state Agency for Health Care Administration filed suit in federal court today, demanding access to Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals. News of the lawsuit, requested by Gov. Rick Scott, comes as the U.S. Senate announced a bipartisan agreement that addresses ongoing issues at the network of federally run health clinics for veterans.

The Florida lawsuit information is posted here. 

Scott and AHCA officials have been bickering with the federal VA agency for the past few weeks as state inspectors have demaneded access to the hospitals under the auspices of ensuring veterans are being treated fairly. The News Service of Florida reported that state investigators claim being denied access to clinics in Gainesville, Lake City, Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg and West Palm Beach.

Scott's interest in the issue has been described as an effort to win votes from the military community as he seeks re-election. He is capitalizing off a series of negative headlines pertaining to the VA, including the resignation of Secretary Eric Shinseki and reports about potential cover-ups of delayed care at 26 health clinics nationwide, including at least one in Florida.

The state has also accused the federal government of failing to respond to public record requests for VA documents.

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Redundant

Really... The Medicaid Fraudster in Chief, the Medicaid Denier in Chief, wants to wants to 'ensure veterans are being treated fairly.' Rick Scott is making a show of caring about healthcare for Vets to get votes. He has no other reason.

Can't take anymore

If "turn about is fair play" then the feds need to come in and audit the books of the Office of the Governor, all Cabinet offices, the Florida House and Senate, AHCA, the FDLE, DCF, and the state prison system. There would be dozens if not hundreds of political appointees heading for incarceration and wholesale vacancies due to indictments, arrests and those fleeing the country to avoid prosecution. Too bad our US Attorney General is such a wuss so none of this will ever happen.

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