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Floridians, Meet Your New Governor...Rick Scott?

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2010

One of Scott's biggest campaign promises is that he will do all he can to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Ironic isn't it, given that Medicare was Columbia/HCA's victim? But hypocrisy is par for the course in politics. Whether you are a fan of the law or not, a repeal would cause huge upheaval in healthcare even at this early date, as institutions around the country are transforming their organizations to deal with its myriad likely ramifications for their businesses.

And don't think it can't happen. Though repeal seems a long shot, there is some precedent. The 1988 Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act, which enjoyed much greater public support than PPACA, was repealed only a year after it passed when it became clear that seniors hated what it did to their pocketbooks and freedom of choice. A lot of people hate what they derisively call ObamaCare, even if they're not exactly sure why they hate it. They vote, and if many more people with Rick Scott's political opinions get elected, I'd say repeal is a possibility.

Did I mention that Scott is still very active in healthcare? He's a major investor in a chain of walk-in clinics across North Florida. 

We praise true leadership in this country. It's a rare enough talent that it's extremely prized, even if that leadership could be ethically flawed. It's also well-compensated.

Say this for Scott. He's a leader.


Philip Betbeze is senior leadership editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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