has a lengthy profile
of Rick Scott, the head of Conservatives for Patients Rights and the public face of the anti-healthcare-reform movement.
At this point, Scott's track record as a zealous promoter of for-profit health-care -- including the fact that the company he founded paid an almost $2-billion fine for Medicare fraud -- has been well-documented
. But Salon
compellingly frames the central fact of Scott's role in the current debate over reform:
That's Scott's involvement in Solantic, a company he founded and still chairs, which operates a chain of walk-in clinics. As Salon puts it, Solantic "bills itself as a low-cost alternative to people who would otherwise go to emergency rooms for their immediate care needs -- i.e., the uninsured and people paying out-of-pocket expenses as a result of diminished insurance plans -- the very people reforms are intended to cover."
Read the whole thing here.