No, not the one involving record Medicare and TRICARE fraud … another one. Jesus, take the wheel …
From the St. Pete Times:
A lesser-known tale closer to home is about Columbia/HCA and chief Scott’s desire in the mid 1990s to buy struggling Tampa General Hospital. This is a story about a shady transaction that nearly came to pass and why it never did.
It begins in the early 1990s when Tampa General was run by David Bussone, a former Columbia/HCA manager himself. He would resign abruptly in 1994 as Tampa General’s president amid rumors he secretly tried to broker the sale of the public hospital to for-profit Columbia/HCA. As Columbia’s chief, Scott said publicly back then that he would like to acquire Tampa General and add it to his fast-growing hospital chain.
As reported by the St. Petersburg Times, Bussone’s critics balked in 1994 after he invited Scott to Tampa to join him at a hospital foundation dinner. Rumors of a sale began circulating.
After Bussone was asked to resign, Tampa General board members discovered hospital attorneys had drafted a bill that would have enabled the sale of Tampa General to a for-profit hospital.
Bussone was replaced at Tampa General by county administrator Fred Karl until a successor was found. But before Karl left, he called then Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth and raised concerns that Bussone may have acted in secret and against the hospital’s best interests.
By 1995, the acquisition attempt by Columbia/HCA became the focus of state and federal criminal inquiries. Investigators wanted to know if Bussone purposely devalued the public hospital to help sell it at a discount to Columbia. The fact that Bussone left Tampa General and — such a coincidence! — once again became a Columbia/HCA executive only compounded the sense of deception. …
Want more? Read more. Sorry, this guy is a disgrace. Are Republicans really prepared to hand this guy the keys???