Rick Scott and the Republican Party's blatant hypocrisy in the VA situation continues at an accelerated pace highlighting their main interest in veterans: To be used as political pawns, nothing more.
The Republican Party (most of which have never served) never hesitate to "Support the Troops" by sending them to battle no matter what the reason, nor the cost. Those same Republicans then ignore the troops forevermore after the fact.
Veterans deserve the utmost care for the sacrifice they make for the rest of us, but sadly, we have a long history of letting them down when they need us the most, and it's hardly a new phenomena as the GOP would seemingly, and laughably, have you believe. They count on short memories and think we're stupid. Case in point: Karl Rove is feigning outrage and running ads off the VA as I write. Yes, Karl Rove.
Not to be left out in his sudden interest in veterans is Florida's own Rick Scott, a man whose only interests in veterans until now was cutting their benefits, denying them the right to vote, and firing his first Lt. Governor when she was caught up in a veterans charity scandal. Highlighting the "she got caught" part.
Then there's his crowning achievement: Denying veterans who would qualify for Medicaid access to the care they need. Yes, many veterans fall into the "Scott gap" between the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, which Scott and his fellow hypocrites refuse to expand.
Yet the problems at the VA have managed to do what no one else could do before: Get the Republican Party to admit that people actually do need health care, that access to health care is in fact a good thing.
Yesterday Scott placed himself front and center in the GOP effort to make political hay with veterans who, up until now, he had no interest in. After all these years in office, he waited until he kicked off his reelection campaign to decide that VA hospitals in Florida needed attention, and in April, he began sending "inspectors" to facilities in what seems to amount to little more than making a very public, headline grabbing fuss. Then he followed up yesterday with a made for lazy reporting announcement.
Sadly, many media outlets in Florida predictably ran with it.
Scott fired off this press release to anyone and everyone: