Health-Reform Foe Runs Firm Serving Patients Who Would Benefit From Public Option

September 30, 2009 5:57 a.m.

Salon 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.

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