This Sunday, the front group Conservatives for Patients’ Rights will be airing a 30-minute documentary with “horror stories” aimed at chipping away public support for reforming our health care system. Ironically, the leader and financier of the organization, private health care executive Rick Scott, is actually credited with transforming the American health care system into the profit above-all-else culture that is currently plaguing America.
Rick Scott is not only known for his efforts to build the “McDonald’s” of the health care industry, but his company was also forced to pay a $1.7 billion fraud settlement, the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history, for systematically stealing from taxpayers.
ThinkProgress has compiled a video report detailing who Rick Scott is, and what type of health care system he is defending. Watch it:
For his anti-health reform film, Rick Scott has hired former CNN reporter Gene Randall to interview patients and warn of a “government takeover” of the American health care system. Of course, no one is proposing a “government takeover” — rather President Obama and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) have said health reform will mean introducing a public plan option that Americans can opt into if they do not currently have health insurance or they are not satisfied with their private insurance plan.
Randall, after his employment at CNN, started his own private media firm that has produced publicity content for private health insurance companies and similarly made a documentary for Chevron to defend the company for dumping 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the rainforest in Ecuador. As the New York Times has noted, Randall is hired by corporations to add a “journalistic” feel to the films he produces for his corporate clients.
Indeed, Conservatives for Patients’ Rights has also hired the same PR company that managed the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth smear campaign against John Kerry to direct its attacks on President Obama’s health care proposals.