Rick Scott Pads Transition Team with GOP Insiders and Former Columbia/HCA Employees
November 22, 2010 2:05 pm ET — Kate Conway
Florida Governor-elect Rick Scott’s transition team is filling in—, it is populated with just the sort of lobbyists, and political insiders Scott spent his campaign disavowing. The Miami Herald
Scott’s health care transition team is particularly suspect. In addition to lobbyists and Republican insiders, Scott has “recruited loyalists from his former hospital chain to help streamline the state’s healthcare spending.”
This is the same hospital chain — Columbia/HCA — from which Scott resigned amidst a massive Medicare fraud investigation.
The company ended up pleading guilty and paying a record $1.7 billion in fines.
Now, former Columbia administrator Alan Levine has been picked to chair Scott’s Health and Human Services Transition Team.
Heightening the irony, another former Columbia/HCA employee, Cynthia Sucher, has been selected to work on Medicaid reform for the team.
We havepreviously writtenabout one of Scott’s choices for his economic advisors: the discredited former Reagan advisor Art Laffer, who will surely support Scott’s poorly-developed plan to slash taxes. Yet as ill-advised a selection as Laffer may have been, the latest rash of individuals named to Scott’s team are exceptionally odd picks for someone who has spent a lot of time trying to shake off the suggestion of corruption that overshadows his resume.