I came across this article yesterday in the New York Times about Richard L. Scott. Mr. Scott heads Conservatives for Patients’ Rights Political Action Fund, a group that is working against President Obama’s health care reform plans. Just so you know, Mr. Scott has a past:
Mr. Scott, a former Navy radar operator, built what would become Columbia/HCA from two hospitals in Texas into the largest health care chain in the world over just a few years. He seemed to relish publicly lambasting the nonprofit hospitals against which he competed and which he described as "non-taxpaying hospitals" impervious to real-world business concerns.
Once lauded for building Columbia/HCA into the largest health care company in the world, Mr. Scott was ousted by his own board of directors in 1997 amid the nation’s biggest health care fraud scandal. The company’s guilty plea and payment of $1.7 billion to settle charges including the overbilling of state and federal health programs was taken as a repudiation of Mr. Scott’s relentless bottom-line approach.
It sounds to me like Mr. Scott didn’t like non-taxpaying hospitals because they didn’t contribute to the tax pool he was ripping off! Then, this morning, I’m eating my oatmeal and this comes on:
This guy is going right into the Jerk Store as this week’s special! No, there’s no plan, but talks are taking place. The hope is to have proposed legislation by Memorial Day. The money is being set aside, you know, that foreign idea of savings, for when a plan has been agreed on. God forbid we actually budget for potential expenses!
As for taxes, the way I see it, I’m taxed on health care now as the expense is taken from my check regardless. If the government can give me a plan that is comparable to, or better than, my current plan, then it makes no difference. I trust that Congress will come up with an agreeable, fair plan. Otherwise, they’ll lose their jobs. Also, I will not be scared into this idea that it’s going to be some DMV, European socialist style of care.