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  •  Kanjorski told the truth about the crook (25+ / 0-)

    Rick Scott is a typical Republican with his hand in the taxpayer cookie jar... only he was very VERY greedy. But, didn't you maybe leave out the words... "if he were in China, they would have put him against the wall and shot him?"

    Kanjorski said a crook should be shot. You hear that everyday from conservatives. They don't even want to bother with a judge, jury and trial.

    But the difference there is that Beck and Coulter and Limbaugh and the Fox bullhorn also want to shoot innocent people who are not crooks.

    Scott ripped off US taxpayers resulting in the biggest fraud settlement in US history.

    On March 19, 1997, investigators from the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services served search warrants at Columbia/HCA facilities in El Paso and on dozens of doctors with suspected ties to the company.

    Following the raids, the Columbia/HCA board of directors forced Scott to resign as Chairman and CEO. He was paid $9.88 million in a settlement. He also left owning 10 million shares of stock worth over $350 million.


    In settlements reached in 2000 and 2002, Columbia/HCA plead guilty to 14 felonies and agreed to a $600+ million fine in the largest fraud settlement in US history. Columbia/HCA admitted systematically overcharging the government by claiming marketing costs as reimbursable, by striking illegal deals with home care agencies, and by filing false data about use of hospital space. They also admitted fraudulently billing Medicare and other health programs by inflating the seriousness of diagnoses and to giving doctors partnerships in company hospitals as a kickback for the doctors referring patients to HCA. They filed false cost reports, fraudulently billing Medicare for home health care workers, and paid kickbacks in the sale of home health agencies and to doctors to refer patients. In addition, they gave doctors "loans" never intending to be repaid, free rent, free office furniture, and free drugs from hospital pharmacies.

    In late 2002, HCA agreed to pay the U.S. government $631 million, plus interest, and pay $17.5 million to state Medicaid agencies, in addition to $250 million paid up to that point to resolve outstanding Medicare expense claims.[23] In all, civil law suits cost HCA more than $2 billion to settle, by far the largest fraud settlement in US history.

    <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

    by bronte17 on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 08:10:20 PM PST

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    •  You're right (6+ / 0-)

      Scott is scum.  That's why Kanjorski's an idiot for using violent rhetoric.

      The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

      by Upper West on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 09:19:55 PM PST

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      •  Kanjorski lost his seat so he's not "leadership" (1+ / 0-)
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        like the commenter claimed.

        Was he running against a teabagger? That may be why he went so far to the right with his rhetoric during the campaign.

        <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

        by bronte17 on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 07:53:52 AM PST

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