Gov. Rick Scott

Deadly Tuberculosis Outbreak In Florida Covered Up By GOP Governor Rick Scott

I have to ask: What were Florida voters thinking when they elected that Bat-Boy look-alike to the Governorship?  Everything about his demeanor, history of Medicaid Fraud and his actions since becoming Governor of Florida has been an unmitigated disaster.

Addicting Info

When the Center for Disease Control issues a warning about a large outbreak of Tuberculosis(TB), the rational person would prepare to address the issue. Perhaps notify the local hospitals or shelters. If the area had a top-notch treatment center, notifying them would likely be at the top of ones to-do list as governor I would suspect.

Instead, Governor Rick Scott of Florida ordered the shutdown of the states only TB treatment facility, the A G Holley State Hospital in Lantana, Florida. Part of a larger Department of Health budget cut signed just nine days before the state was notified of the problem, the shutdown was accelerated after the notice was given, and the facility shut down 6 months ahead of schedule back in June. The reason given; austerity, in order to fund the tax cuts for the rich.

Of course, the cost to treat a TB patient early is typically $500, however if prolonged, drug resistant TB strains which do develop can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. And once those appear, the diseases contagious nature make it sure to spread rapidly, especially in areas effected by the layoffsfor water treatment plants. So much for austerity.

And, as the Palm Beach Post reported, it appeared that the Governor had been actively hiding the CDC report from lawmakers just before they ordered the closing of the state’s sole TB treatment center. Despite the confirmed deaths by TB and thousands exposed to the disease, the Governor felt that saving a few hundred dollars per patient was worth the looming crisis in the state. Now it appears that containment of the disease is no longer an option, and with TB being incredibly contagious, called “Consumption” for those who recall the works of Charles Dickens, the danger to the state looms large.

The truly despicable piece of this story, however, is that the information was actively hid by the Governors office. Under Florida’s Sunshine Laws, reports such as the CDC warning are to be kept in the public domain for ease of access. Instead, it took months for the Palm Beach Post to break the story, and by then the damage had been done, the treatment facility closed, and thousands of Florida citizens have been exposed to the deadly disease. Governor Scott’s Objectivist driven ideology has landed his state into a severe crisis, one in which his corporate masters can never hope to address.

But hey, he’s working hard to make sure that 92-year-old WWII veterans can’t vote, it must have slipped his mind.

For our readers in Florida, if you begin to show any of the signs of Tuberculosis do not wait. Get yourself tested and treated immediately.

*Correction* An error in the timeline of cancellation where the bill to authorize the shutdown was signed after the CDC notice. It should have said nine days before the notice was delivered.

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Romney Donor Says ‘Lower Income’ People ‘Don’t Understand What’s Going On’

The “rich” seem to be thoroughly uninformed about “the rest of us” and that includes Mitt Romney…

Think Progress

Today, Mitt Romney is holding a series of fundraisers in the Hamptons, culminating with a huge event at the home of billionaire David Koch. The LA Times in on the scene and reporter Maeve Reston caught up with a donor on her way into one of the events.

The woman, who wouldn’t reveal her name, said the following:

I don’t think the common person is getting it…my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies —everybody who’s got the right to vote — they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact.

The recommended contribution for the event she was attending was $25,000.

Earlier in the campaign Romney recieved criticism for saying, “I’m not concerned with the very poor.” He later said he misspoke.

Romney’s tax plan would give the richest 0.1% of Americans an average tax cut of $264,000.