Discussion: Florida Health Care Admin Charged In $1 Billion Medicare, Medicaid Fraud Case

You know what happens when you commit massive Medicare fraud in Florida. You get elected governor.

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That works in Illinois, too. Our current governor made millions from nursing home fraud as well.

Who wants to bet Philip Esformes is buddies with esteemed Florida Governor Rick Scott? As @webcelt pointed out, in 2003, during Scott’s tenure as CEO of Columbia/HCA about a decade ago, the hospital company was fined a record $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud.

Birds of a feather …

https://www.justice.gov/archive/opa/pr/2003/June/03_civ_386.htm

First, there is NEVER any justification for a public employee taking bribes. But, really, when the State thinks so poorly of its obligations and its personnel that it only pays $31k a year for such an important job, doesn’t that circumstance only invite temptation? A cynical side of me suggests that that is precisely the expectation, especially given that the State obviously didn’t provide any checks on low level supervisory power.

Rick Scott said they were pikers, a nickel-and-dime outfit compared to his accomplishments.