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THREAD: One year since Hurricane Irma, it’s time to revisit how @FLGovScott's negligence and deregulation led directly to the deaths of 14 nursing home patients after the storm and why he has blood on his hands… /1
Florida is what happens when the CEO behind the largest Medicare frauds in U.S. history runs the government:… /2
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has worked tirelessly to deregulate businesses that are supposed to protect our most vulnerable residents:… /3
One of Scott’s first acts as Florida governor was to fire the man who provided oversight on the nursing home industry for 8 years. /4
Florida's Republican legislature @FLGOPMajority @FlSenate @MyFLHouse @FloridaGOP share the blame. They gutted regulations and eliminated accountability for operators of nursing homes and ALFs (assisted living facilities). /5
Under the guise of being “business friendly,” @FLGovScott and @FloridaGOP enabled the abuse, neglect, rape and killing of Florida's elderly and handicapped for profit. /6
Rick Scott and Florida GOP legislators have known for years about the dangerous conditions in many nursing homes and ALFs and done nothing:… /7
Scott's Agency for Health Care Administration @AHCA_FL covered it up by hiding reports from the public about bad facilities where our family and friends live. Same agency also wrote the new generator rules after 14 nursing home patients baked to death with no AC last year. /8
After bad publicity @AHCA_FL walked it back but it’s only a half measure that still covers up bad homes:… /9
Owner of the nursing home where the 14 residents died after Irma @JMichelMD is a known bad operator who paid $15.4M to settle health care fraud claims involving assistant living homes in the past:… /10
Florida government let him practice medicine, run hospitals, nursing homes, etc. @HealthyFla took no further action:… /11
The @MiamiDadeBCC and @MayorGimenez gave this known fraudster a $5 million tax-funded grant because Miami: /12
Miami-Dade County Public Schools @MDCPS recently announced they are collaborating with him on a “health sciences” charter school because Miami:… /13
The nursing home's prior CEO got 25 years for a massive $67 million Medicare fraud conspiracy. It has long been a Sunny Place For Shady People. /14
The nursing home, owned by @LarkinHospital, was known to both federal and state authorities as a subpar facility:… /15
Despite being “below-average” in quality, their prices are "30% higher than the Florida average." It's negligence for profit.… /16
After Hurricane Wilma in 2006, Florida's nursing home lobby changed a law that would have prevented the Irma tragedy. Lawmakers bent over for them. /17
Before Irma, @FLGovScott gave his cell phone number to healthcare centers in case of emergency; the nursing home called his cell at least 3 times for help starting 36 hours before the first person died. He never returned their calls.… /18
Florida Gov. Rick Scott deleted their voicemails, destroying public records that are evidence in a major homicide investigation:… /19
We’ll never know the whole truth because @FLGovScott and his cabinet have illegally used private email to secretly conduct state business since they first took office:… /20
"Fiscal conservative" @FLGovScott broke public records law, used $1 million in public cash to fight and settle seven public records lawsuits. We've never seen any of the emails. He used our own money to hide them from us. /21
Also Florida’s “top cop" Attorney General Pam Bondi has been bought and paid for by Trump:… /22
The CEO/oligarch model of government is a vision Scott and Trump share: privatize, subsidize and brutalize — with no oversight. #MAGA /23
No regulations, accountability or transparency; companies kill people for profit. That's the America of Rick Scott and Donald Trump.… /24
Now @FLGovScott is running for Senate — a petrifying prospect for the future of America — and polls have him TIED with incumbent @SenBillNelson:… /25
The medical examiner found that 12 of the 14 nursing home deaths after Hurricane Irma were homicides and @HollywoodFLPD announced a criminal investigation:… /26
A year later, with 3 hurricanes currently in the Atlantic threatening the U.S., 75% of Florida nursing homes do not have an emergency power plan and @FLGovScott is granting them extensions through this current hurricane season:… /27
Societies should be judged by how we treat those among us who cannot defend themselves. How will we be judged? /28
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