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>Can We Trust Newsmax Anymore Than Bill McCullom?

> Rick Scott may or may not be guilty of the fraud allegations found in Steve Forbes article below. But as he says, “Legally the other participants in this case are bound by confidentiality agreements that won’t let them explain what really happened. Scott can waive that restriction – but won’t even though he is a candidate for governor.” 


   Steve Forbes isn’t an attorney and has no right advising us as if he were. I doubt he went to law school. But he knows that anyone involved in a fraud case has the right and the duty to the court not to reveal to editorial boards, reporters, and e-zines like Newsmax any particulars of the case. Notice, Scott hasn’t made counter allegations against anyone. This is a law suit, and if Scott or anyone else revealed that kind of information the Judge could hit them with stiff penalties and maybe even jail time. 

   It isn’t the case against Rick Scott that bothers me and the real Tea Party people (not the phony Florida one that has been discredited even by Dick Armey) so much. In the end the people will decide who will face the Democrat in the elections. But it is the persistent way Newsmax has attacked this man, not looking at the positives about having a non-career politician running for governor, that bothers me. Is it because Newsmax is really not a conservative news organ? 
   Who are you working for, the Bilderberg Club? Forbes doesn’t live in Florida. How much did you pay him to write that article.

   When the Tea Parties emerged, we the common folk thought people would turn their backs on career politicians like Bill McCollum. He’s been in Congress way back when Reagan was president. That’s not a plus in our minds, but a negative. Why couldn’t you have backed a citizen candidate who promised two terms only? And backed a new face? 
   Why so much of the negative about Rick Scott and nothing on the negatives about McCollum? Fair and balanced reporting, remember?
   They are out there if you look. But you don’t. Your man Bill isn’t shinny, faultless, and without glitches. What about the fact that he took a long time coming around to the idea that he was for an Arizona-type immigration bill? Then at the last minute, he made a political decision, not one that was made for the good of the people of Florida. We’re way ahead of him on many issues. Lest you conveniently forgot or don’t know, he flip-flopped on that issue, saying Arizona’s bill was too far out there for him. But why isn’t it too far out now? Is that the kind of true leadership we can expect from Bill McCollum? I hope not. If it is, all of us might as well vote for the Democrat in November.
   Power corrupts. He’s a long-time poilitician. If we examined him and found him to be perfect and that power hasn’t corrupted him, all of us would be mighty surprised. The longer we examined Bill McCollum the more glitches we would find. I’m a conservative who is very disappointed in the outsiders like Romney, Newt, Forbes, and the entire Republican Party 
(that has been as crooked at times as hell taking kickbacks, earmarks, and making deals) — that they should decide for us Floridians who who we should vote for and who should govern us in Tallahassee?
   Why don’t you write an article and tell us why Obama visited Newsmax and what shady deals you made with him? Obviously, all Newsmax is interested in is making money. The news and editorials are merely teasers to get people to read. That’s okay, if you are fair and balanced, which I haven’t seen.
Don White
Windermere, FL

— On Mon, 8/23/10, Newsmax.com  wrote:

From: Newsmax.com
Subject: Forbes: You Can’t Trust Rick Scott
To: “dusanotes@yahoo.com”
Date: Monday, August 23, 2010, 1:15 PM

Newsmax.com
Breaking from Newsmax.com

Forbes: You Can’t Trust Rick Scott

By Steve Forbes
As someone who twice ran for president, I understand the circus atmosphere that can surround a campaign, but I’m not sure I’ve seen anything like the week Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott has had. Even as Scott remains unwilling to address his true role in the HCA/Columbia hospital chain’s criminal conduct when he was its CEO, new questions have been raised about allegedly similar fraudulent practices at his most recent healthcare venture.
Being a much bigger fan of disclosure than Scott is, I’ll say up front that I am supporting his opponent, Attorney General Bill McCollum. I’ve known Bill for many years. He’s an experienced leader with a fine record on conservative issues.
It’s going to take a lot of hard work for Florida to replace the more than 900,000 jobs the state lost during the recession. Bill’s economic plan, which will cut taxes, freeze property tax increases and remove regulatory roadblocks, will help get Florida’s economy moving again.
Rick Scott could have heard more about that economic plan had he not skipped out on the only statewide debate. Scott’s absence also deprived Florida’s voters of a golden opportunity to hear him answer the questions that continue to dog his campaign, like:
What did he know about his HCA’s criminal conduct?
Scott was CEO of HCA at a time when the company was systematically overcharging Medicare with fraudulent claims. Although Scott says he accepts responsibility for what happened, he refuses to explain what that actually means, since he also claims he never knew anything was amiss, right up to the point when the company pleaded guilty to 14 felonies in five states. How can Scott run on his record of managerial competence when he had no idea his company was engaged in widespread illegal activity? Of course, Rick Scott wasn’t done after HCA.
Since the last company Scott ran racked up unprecedented fines, shouldn’t he have been extra careful to make sure his new company didn’t repeat those mistakes?
So you’d think. However, two former doctors for Solantic, a chain of walk-in urgent care centers Scott co-founded after HCA’s board of directors dismissed him, describe a variety of unethical and fraudulent business practices in lawsuits against the company.
According to media reports, one doctor says he saw evidence of systematic overbilling, with Solantic charging Medicare for doctors’ visits when the patient had only been treated by a nurse. A former operations manager confirmed that these types of practices were “rampant” and amounted to “tens of thousands of dollars a month” in fraudulent government reimbursements.
A second doctor sued Solantic, claiming his medical license had been used without his permission in an effort to circumvent Florida’s legal safeguards for clinics. Just six days before entering the race, Scott was deposed in this case. But Scott refuses to discuss the case and will not release the videotape deposition or its 75-page transcript, calling it a “private matter.” Scott, though, voluntarily made himself a public figure when he ran for governor. Voters rightfully want to know what kind of person this wannabe governor truly is. Fraud allegations are no “private matter.”
Legally the other participants in this case are bound by confidentiality agreements that won’t let them explain what really happened. Scott can waive that restriction – but won’t even though he is a candidate for governor.
Just like Scott skipped out on the debate, he’s also refusing to meet with newspaper editorial boards, and is spending the limited time he talks with reporters stonewalling. Which leaves just one more question for Republican voters to ponder.
What else don’t they know about Rick Scott?
Steve Forbes is editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine and a former presidential candidate. 
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