Thom Hartmann shares a clip of Florida Governor Rick Scott getting cussed out by a woman at the Starbucks he just happened to walk in to, over his refusal to expand Medicaid in his state.
Expanding Medicaid in the Sunshine State would have recovered a great deal of Floridians’ federal tax dollars. And it would have many lives, including Charlene Dill’s. Ms. Dill was a single mother of three working three low-paying jobs, jobs that didn’t amount to enough for her to qualify for Obamacare, jobs that amounted to a bit too much for her to qualify for Medicaid.
Public servants’ failure to keep citizens from harm is a federal crime. When Rick Scott learned that Floridians were dying over his failure to expand Medicaid; he should have reversed course and protected Floridians (and gotten some of their tax dollars back).
Instead, Scott decided to make matters much worse by defunding Planned Parenthood, whose health care services comprised 97% of their operations, compared to the 3% related to abortions.
Rick Scott is a-okay with making matters worse. In the face of a pandemic of suspicious prison deaths, Scott replaced Florida Department of Corrections’ Secretary Michael Crews with Julie Jones, who had no experience with corrections, and whose leadership of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles sharply divided law enforcement officers along lines of who was willing to use the state’s D.A.V.I.D. drivers license database for stalking purposes – earning it the nickname Facebook for Cops – and those that were not. It’s not a minor rift. And it’s not mended. Or fully explained, as yet. The simultaneous, inappropriate use of stringray technologies through Highway Safety has not been ascertained.
Jones has yet to stem the tide on suspicious inmate deaths. And feds have yet to pounce on the Florida Department of Corrections for its systemic abuse of inmates, as they have Los Angeles County jails.
It’s time for Barack Obama himself to explain why.
If Obama is failing to protect us Floridians from our governor’s deadly callousness and/or incompetence because of the FBI’s decades-long history of participation in so much of Florida’s corruption, it’s time to admit that the FBI has a decades-long history of participation in/generation of corruption unrelated to Florida, as well, and kick the agency to the curb, so he can kick governors like Rick Scott to the curb, unencumbered.