Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Pulling back the curtain on the Wizard.
Multimillionaire health care entrepreneur Rick Scott has been at the center of the aggressive campaign to derail health care reform in Washington DC. He has met with lawmakers, coordinated conference calls with conservative activists, written op eds on the evils of socialized medicine, starred in a nationwide ad campaign, and founded the anti-reform group Conservatives for Patients Rights. But little attention has been paid to the business model at Scott's own for-profit health care company, Solantic, which profits off of the uninsured. As a new Investigative Fund probe by Tristram Korten shows, without masses of uninsured people dependent on the ER for their care, Scott doesn't have a client base.
Korten's article, "Rick Scott Profits off the Uninsured," the first installment of a two-part investigation into Rick Scott and Solantic, was supported by the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.
In the second installment, Korten finds evidence of pressure at Solantic not to hire "fat people," people with accents, or anyone who does not appear "mainstream."
Citizens, what do you think? Is this a legitimate case of right-wing trickery or part of the liberal smear campaign against the right?