The company was charged with a host of ripoffs of taxpayers: "Upcoding," or inflating the seriousness of illnesses treated on billings to Medicare; unneeded blood tests; padding of home health care bills; inflated Medicare cost reports; wound-care centers that tried to foist marketing costs onto taxpayers; and kickbacks to doctors to induce them to refer patients to Columbia/HCA hospitals, which is illegal.
Eventually, the company pleaded guilty to 14 felonies and paid $1.7 billion to settle the criminal and civil cases. The New York Times, which unveiled many of the rip-offs, described Scott's downfall as almost "a Greek tragedy." His associates said his brilliance was undone by his arrogance and aggressiveness, The Times reported in 1997.
Now the same guy who ripped off the taxpayers is starring in his own ads attacking President Obama's Health Care Reform plan. Perhaps there's not enough "something for nothing" in it to appeal to Mr. Scott and the rest of the GOP?
What: Lewisville City Council and School Board Candidates for LISD appear in a forum so you can meet them and see what they're about. When: Tonight, Thursday April 2nd, 2009 - 6:30 PM Where: Lewisville Municipal Annex, Community Room - On Main Street attached to the Library. Who: Local residents who want to know who they're voting for on May 9th.
A friend of ours passed along these one-liners from an email forward. Though they've been around for years, they're worth a chuckle, and certainly will lighten the mood around here, given all of the recent political coverage:
Lewisville Mayoral Candidate Winston L. Edmondson, Jr. acknowledged today on his website that he had never voted in a Lewisville municipal election:
I am ashamed to admit that I allowed the distractions of my career and family get in the way of my civic duty and I have not voted in local elections. Lewisville has a population of over 92,000, but fewer than 1,000 typically turn out to vote in our local elections. We all lead busy lives and it's very easy to assume that we're in good hands and that voting doesn't matter. I was wrong to assume that, and I regret it.
After battling some strange new computer virus earlier in the week that my AV software only detected after the 2nd update of the day, I thought I might be able to get by on my 5 year old laptop for just a little while longer.
This morning, as if to say "let me die in peace", my old rig once again failed to boot. It has been in the other room running diagnostics all morning.
We were contacted Monday by Lewisville Mayoral candidate Winston Edmondson, alerting us to an inconsistency in Council candidate Margie Rochelle’s stance on the city’s role in immigration enforcement.
Ms. Rochelle was quoted in the Lewisville Leader, February 25th:
[Rochelle] said she believes enforcing immigration laws is a federal responsibility, not a city responsibility. “Immigration is a large and controversial issue affecting everyone,” she said. “I support our federal government in enforcing our immigration laws. We, as a city, do not have the resources to combat this problem alone. It would require additional staffing of police officers and jailers. These new employees would need to be bilingual, which are difficult to recruit. Even if we do detain illegal immigrants, it is still the federal government’s responsibility to process and deport them.”
But as Mr. Edmondson pointed out, Rochelle’s website is not as clear. As of today, her website still had this blurb:
The City of Lewisville is considering changes to its Oil and Gas Ordinance in several areas, mostly making it more restrictive on operators with regards to noise and visual appearance.
One concession to operators is to allow venting and flaring during a well completion. This process occurs for a short period of time after a well is drilled, and serves two ostensible purposes: A) Cleans out the bore hole of excess sand and fluids, and B) Allows the operator to determine whether the well produces enough to justify hooking up a pipeline.
We are talking with Chesapeake about whether this is really required, or if it could be replaced by the "green completion" closed-loop system which prevents the release of about 70% of the normal gas lost.
With the arrival of Spring, a legislative session in Austin, municipal campaigns revving up around the state and Texas' primaries less than a year away, the blogs of the Texas Progressive Alliance continue to bring you insights from our members around the state. Here's a roundup of what we've been reporting.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas is now saying that the recession has landed full-force in Texas. Spared from the worst job losses during the first 6 months of the current recession, Texas is shedding jobs at an alarming pace. Wcnews at Eye On Williamson looks at the trends, and offers a sobering assessment of the hard line, let 'em crash, mentality of Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas GOP.
Yesterday we read with interest a blog post on the campaign website of Winston Edmondson, who is running for Mayor of Lewisville. Edmondson had visited Central Park, and spoken with a little boy who complained that his neighborhood park, Sycamore Park, needed "real" bathrooms. Edmondson drove to Sycamore Park where he photographed two portable toilets.
"Instead of the nice, sanitary bathrooms with running water, which most of us are accustomed to, Sycamore Park has port-o-potties. I tell my kids not to use portable toilets because they're usually filthy. Seomeone felt that these were acceptable for the children of this neighborhood? I approached these portable stalls and was nearly knocked down by the odor. There is no excuse for this. Sycamore Park is the only park in Lewisville with conditions like this. I promise that nothing like this will EVER happen on my watch."