March 03, 2011 5:49 pm ET filed under Blog
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Coming out of the National Governors Association meeting this weekend, several Republican governors have a new talking point — they want federal block grants to fund Medicaid. Governors like Rick Scott (R-FL), Scott Walker (R-WI) and Haley Barbour (R-MS) are touting block grants — capped allotments of money — as the solution to the lack of flexibility in their state Medicaid programs. However, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows that the increased flexibility would come with financial risks and costs to the states, as well as cuts to Medicaid eligibility and benefits. Additionally, providing states with block grants for Medicaid would fundamentally change how the program is funded and would ultimately undermine the Affordable Care Act.
February 25, 2011 5:24 pm ET filed under Blog
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February 04, 2011 10:29 am ET filed under Fact Check
One month into his term as Florida's governor, Republican Rick Scott is making good on his campaign threat to run Florida like one of his businesses. The former health care executive, who left Columbia/HCA amidst the largest case of Medicare fraud in history, has set out to place himself in a position more akin to a corporate tycoon than a public servant by making grabs at additional power and restricting press access. He's also putting the "business" of Florida above the common good with troubling moves on the environment, transportation and health care. Yet there's no promise that Scott is even running a particularly tight Floridian ship. He's made a number of worrisome hires, and there are hints that his budget plan, to be released Monday, may include untenable tax cuts. Moreover, Scott's right-wing views on immigration and LGBT issues should cause many of Florida's residents concern.
January 13, 2011 10:59 am ET filed under Blog
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October 22, 2010 1:57 pm ET filed under Fact Check
Gubernatorial hopeful Rick Scott wants Florida to become the only state in the nation to spend tax dollars on drug tests for welfare recipients in an attempt to save money on welfare. Unfortunately for Scott, 49 states have already rejected this idea as fiscally irresponsible and impractical — four have even found it unconstitutional. So much for Scott's plan to slash welfare spending, which has not only been widely rejected, but would also threaten Florida's most vulnerable residents: children.
October 21, 2010 12:38 pm ET filed under Fact Check
During the October 20th Florida gubernatorial debate, Rick Scott made it clear that he wants to run Florida like a business. He wants to make drastic cuts, set firm benchmarks, create an outcome-based environment for work, and even base teacher salary on student performance. However, during Scott's tenure as head of Columbia/HCA, these practices proved inefficient and destructive. His aggressive cost-cutting tactics meant community hospitals were closed and Medicare reports were "knowingly" falsified to bring in more in Medicare reimbursements. Furthermore, when the government investigated problems with the company, Scott was combative and disrespectful to the individuals tasked with protecting Americans from the ruthless business practices Scott utilized in his company.
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January 26, 2010 4:56 pm ET filed under Fact Check
Picking up on the latest conservative talking point, Conservatives for Patients Rights has jumped on the Scott Brown-win-is-a-referendum-against-health-care-reform bandwagon. Their newest ad, "Learn Their Lesson," is full of the usual false insinuations - just made more colorful this time with the inclusion of a misinterpretation of poll results.
November 30, 2009 3:13 pm ET filed under Fact Check
Conservatives for Patients Rights is back with a new anti-health care reform commercial. While the group has been keeping a fairly low profile of late, this new ad - and accompanying blog post - proves that CPR didn't spend its down time formulating new talking points.
September 30, 2009 1:09 pm ET filed under Blog
New Conservatives For Patients Rights Ads Provide Rick Scott A Platform To Support The Private Health Industry
On September 29, 2009, Conservatives for Patients Rights released two new spots in "reaction" to the votes in the Senate Finance Committee. However, like most of CPR's "information," the ads are full of Rick Scott's biased opinions about health care reform.
September 04, 2009 10:58 am ET filed under Fact Check
Conservatives for Patients Rights has announced the September 8, 2009 launch date of a new ad, titled "No Promises." Its title should be "No Truth" because there is no factual information included in the spot.
August 21, 2009 1:47 pm ET filed under Fact Check
On August 21, 2009, Conservatives for Patients Rights released a new ad targeting President Obama while he is on vacation. Keeping with their tradition of creating ads that are factually inaccurate, CPR presents misleading and incorrect information in this new ad.