Every time I write anything about Florida’s Governor Rick Scott, I still can’t believe this guy won his election. It’s bad enough he was CEO of a company that was found guilty of defrauding hundreds of millions of dollars from Medicare. One would think that would have disqualified him from having any chance at winning, but he rode the tea party crazy train in 2010 to victory.
Needless to say, his first term as governor has been an absolute embarrassment.
And the embarrassments continued to pile up recently when Scott tried to get a group of 20 seniors to bash the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), but instead got mostly praise about President Obama’s signature health care law.
“I’m completely satisfied,” Harvey Eisen, 92, a West Boca resident, told Scott.
Ruthlyn Rubin added, “People were appalled at Social Security. They were appalled at Medicare when it came out. I think these major changes take some people aback. But I think we have to be careful not to just rely on the fact that we’re seniors and have an entitlement to certain things.”
Which is a great point. Many programs that have strong support today were often very controversial during their creation and initial implementation. I liked how she also mentioned that it shouldn’t just be seniors that this country worries about having access to health care.
“We’re all just sitting here taking it for granted that because we have Medicare we don’t want to lose one part of it. That’s wrong to me. I think we have to spread it around. This is the United States of America. It’s not the United States of senior citizens,” Rubin said.
Though I think it’s vital that we ensure our elderly have access to health care, the point she seemed to be trying to make is that it’s unfair to support the socialized medical program for seniors (that’s very popular with those seniors by the way) while condemning a law which aims to provide access to health care for Americans of all ages.
To add to his embarrassment, Scott asked one woman if she had noticed any change to her Medicare Advantage coverage, to which the woman replied, “Not really.”
Another woman praised the law because her son, who has heart problems, now has health care coverage.
A point Scott failed to mention during this exchange is that because of his refusal to expand Medicaid in Florida, many Floridians aren’t able to gain access to health care coverage through the program.
This was just another example of a Republican trying to set up a situation where they could get people to bash the Affordable Care Act, yet instead heard mostly praise of President Obama’s health care law.