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Six Ways Rick Scott Has Screwed Florida

Earlier this week, Rick Scott was called out on a couple of misleading campaign ads claiming that 300,000 Floridians have lost their insurance due to Obamacare.

But Florida Blue, the insurance company at the center of one of the ads, says this is not true.

Scott, however, is standing by the ad, having told reporters on Wednesday, "Clearly, the ad's accurate," according to the Miami Herald.

But a fact check shows that the ad is not accurate at all.

Of course, this is nothing new. Scott has screwed Florida multiple ways, then wiped down his screw-ups with a veneer of misinformation.

Here are just six of the things he's done that have made him a not-so-popular governor for our state:

6. He's treated Florida like he treated his own personal health-care company. Scott has been running Florida much like he ran his hospital chain. Poorly. In 1997, FBI agents raided Scott's Columbia/HCA, the health-care company. The company allegedly paid kickbacks to doctors in exchange for patient referrals and overcharged Medicare. The U.S. Justice Department called the resulting criminal case the largest health-care fraud case in American history. Columbia/HCA pleaded guilty to 14 felonies and paid $1.7 billion in fines. Scott was never charged personally and then became governor of Florida.

5. He's lied about Obamacare before. Scott fought the implementation of Obamacare, despite the millions of uninsured Floridians he serves. In fact, he was so adamantly against it that he made up bad math to avoid expanding Medicaid. Scott argued that Medicaid expansion would cost Florida $63 billion over ten years, with the state paying $26 billion. But according to a legislative budget analyst and State Economist Amy Baker, Scott's Medicaid-cost math was a liberal estimate. Analysts pointed out the faulty numbers and sent the estimate back to the Agency for Health Care Administration for a redo. According to the analysis, the original report's numbers were crazy fat because it did not take into account the full amount the federal government would be reimbursing states that choose to expand Medicaid.

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Chris Joseph
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