By JAVIER MANJARRESFlorida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) has penned an op-ed in the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper, where she attempted to make the case, as to why Floridians should not re-elect Rick Scott in the 2014 general election.
What Wasserman Schultz actually did in her written opinion was to make the case for Scott re-election, and not someone like Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, Charlie Crist.
First of all, Scott is attacked for supporting the Medicaid expansion, a move that put him in the dog house with conservatives because according to Wasserman Schultz, “he didn’t lift a finger to try to persuade his tea party colleagues in the legislature to pass the measure, and didn’t say a word as they torpedoed the proposal.”
Scott actually did try to persuade legislature to consider the measure, but met considerable push-back from both establishment and grassroots Republican legislators. Obamacare has proven to be a disaster, and even Democrats are now pressing that the controversial job and healthcare insurance plan killing law be delayed, or scrapped.
In fact, Rick Scott doubled down this year on denying Floridians access to health care. Over the summer he banned health care navigators, who are specially trained to help people sign up for health care, from state health facilities — the exact place where those who need help would be most likely to go.-DWS (Sun Sentinel)
In actuality, these “navigators” have turned out to be less than credible, and in some instances, have been found to have criminal records, not to mention that they do not have any insurance background. Officials from the Health and Human Resource (HHS) have even “conceded that there was “no way to identify authenticity of certified navigators.”-(Source)
Abandoning his responsibilities in Tallahassee, he took long trips to Paris and Chile funded by wealthy special interests.-DWS
Scott has been taking many overseas trips, in hopes to bring more business to Florida, and has had these “special interests” groups like Enterprise Florida, pay for the trips.
Would the congresswoman prefer that Scott use taxpayer dollars to pay for these trips, like her fellow Democrat Charlie Crist did when he was Governor?Back in 2010, when Crist was running for the U.S. Senate against Marco Rubio, Rubio called Crist out for spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on a trip to Europe.
Rubio’s evidence: a 12-day trade mission Crist took to London, Paris, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Madrid in the summer of 2008. The tab for taxpayers: more than $430,000.
“Crist’s 2008 European junket … came complete with a two-dozen person entourage, an official photographer to chronicle the governor at ‘work,’ a $2,100 a night luxury suite in London, $1,300 in room service and mini bar charges for Crist alone, and first class airfare at $8,000 per ticket,” the Rubio campaign declared in a March 4, 2010, press release titled ” ‘Frugal’ Charlie Crist’s $430K European Junket on Taxpayers’ Dime.”
The charges for Crist’s accommodations break down this way:
London, England (Hilton London Metropole Hotel ) 4 nights — $8,714.27;Paris, France (The Westin Paris Hotel) 3 nights — $4,154.46;
St. Petersburg, Russia (Hotel Astoria) 2 nights — $2,457.46;
Madrid, Spain (The Westin Palace) 2 nights — $2,312.24.
No matter how hard you try, you can’t sugarcoat a record of failure. From slashing education spending to rejecting high-speed rail, from a voter purge that had a 99.99 percent inaccuracy rate to the million Floridians who will continue to go without health insurance, Rick Scott has failed Florida. It’s no wonder that Scott’s approval rating is among the worst in the country.-DWS
Scott rejected the high-speed rail, for one simple reason, it would cost Floridians in the long run. The so-called “voter purge” was, and still is, aimed at deleted ‘dead people’ who are still listing as voters, and keep illegal voters from being able to partake in the election process.
As far as Wasserman Schultz’s claim that millions of Floridians “continue to go without health insurance,” only one question needs to be posed to the congresswoman.
How is that Obamacare working out for the millions of Americans who are now seeing their existing healthcare plans be cancelled because they do not conform to the healthcare law?Follow the Shark Tank on Twitter and Facebook