July 18, 2011

July 18, 2011
Rick Scott Care

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and I hope you had a safe and great weekend. Dab the AIDS Bear is back in South Florida after a busy weekend. Today we will be going to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office in Adventura, Florida for a meeting. Then tonight we will be at a fund raiser for Tuesday's Angels at Bill's Filling Station in Wilton Manors,

Now you have heard me speak out about what Governor Scott of Florida is trying to do to Ryan White eligibility. But what else do you know about one of the most hated Governors in the United States?

Governor Rick Scott has a plan for the health care of Florida’s children, seniors, and disabled, and it is not good. His plan is nothing less than a corporate takeover of Medicaid, with HMOs managing the care of our state’s most vulnerable. The Legislature passed Gov. Scott’s plan, but it requires a number of rules to be waived by the Obama Administration (through the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). We need your help to protect Florida’s most vulnerable from Gov. Scott.

First of all, it turns out the companies Governor Scot wants to privatize Medicaid are some of his largest contributors to his election campaign. Hmmmm. (In fact, Governor Scott is trying to pull other similar stunts so I am going to be blogging about him for most of the week.)

So write the Obama Administration and urge them to deny Governor Scott’s plan to allow a corporate takeover of Medicaid.

Florida has already tried privatizing Medicaid, and it did not work. Since 2006, five counties have participated in a pilot program where profit driven HMOs dictated the care Medicaid recipients received. A recent study by researchers at Georgetown University showed the program didn’t work, stating: “There is no clear evidence that the managed care pilot programs are saving money, and if they are whether it is through efficiencies or at the expense of needed care."

Medicaid covers our poorest citizens, many of whom are children, disabled, or reside in nursing homes. As a public program accountable to taxpayers, it has also controlled costs far better than corporate insurance companies. The Obama Administration needs to make sure Florida puts people first, not profits.

Write the Obama Administration and tell them Floridians do not want Governor Scott's corporate takeover of Medicaid.

In recent weeks, Floridians have spoken out against the corporate takeover of Medicaid at a number of public hearings. Caregivers, doctors, and recipients alike oppose Governor Scott’s plan. Let’s make sure the Obama Administration hears from all of us.

I hope you have a safe and great start to your week.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab