Blind Trust Bites
Watching fictional, evil villains fall as the forces of good conquer them in the end is a favorite pastime for Americans, but they'd be hard pressed to find a real life villain to match Florida's Rick Scott.
While the quest to hurt the poor by blocking them from jobs or decent wages, welfare benefits, and of course, health care, wouldn't be a profitable bet at the box office or the bookstore, it doesn't change the fact that truth can not only be stranger than fiction, it can be much worse and rival anything a novelist like Stephen King could possibly dream up.
Fact: Scott made a fortune at the helm of a company that was handed the biggest Medicare fraud fine in history.
Fact: Scott spent millions from that fortune to run for governor, and Florida voters still rewarded him, all but saying "Sure. What could possibly go wrong?"
Fact: Scott's activities have involved keeping people from gaining access to affordable health care, much of which was spent battling President Obama's Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare."
Fact: Scott failed that battle when the ACA not only passed, but became law.
Fact: As governor, Scott and his enablers in the Florida GOP who control the legislature did everything they could to make it harder and more expensive for Floridians to benefit from Obamacare.
Fact: Scott opposed Medicaid and blocked it.
Fact: Scott saw his opposition to Medicaid for poor, low and middle income Floridians was unpopular (go figure) and could hurt his reelection chances, so he pretended to change his mind.
Fact: Voters rewarded him again, in part for buying the so-called flip-flop, and in part by not voting at all, though more of his own millions were still necessary to push him over the top.
Fact: Post election, Scott turned around and went back to blocking Medicaid from the poor, low and middle income Floridians, again with help from the GOP.
Fact: About six Floridians a day will continue to die without health care thanks to that last fact.
These are a few, but not all, and there are many more facts not covered here, but somewhere along the line, if this were a fictional tale, someone with the powers that be would recognize this is unconscionable, and would step up to say "No more."
But this is Florida, and the Republican Party runs the show, and in spite of Scott even stabbing those same Republicans in the back with his latest round of budget vetoes, this cruelty will continue, simply because Scott and his party's sick and hypocritical ideology demands that the poor don't deserve health care, and only the wealthiest Americans should pay the least for it. (Scott and the GOP pay very little for their own insurance, and Floridians foot much of the bill for lawmakers's plans. In spite of the vocal groundswell of outrage that has caused, they have continued to tell their constituents to pound sand.)
If you think this is the worst cruel scenario to come out of Scottworld, you will again be sorely disappointed. Because even though Scott continues to block Medicaid, while at the same time wasting more of Floridians' tax dollars on a ludicrous lawsuit (since dropped, but not before it ran up a bill to the tune of $175,000. See a more detailed discussion on LIP funds here.) to demand selective health care government handouts go to selective hospitals, Scott found yet another way to hurt the uninsured Floridians he's already cut off from Medicaid: