Rick Scott’s $300M Medicare fraud allegations resurface as he challenges Mitch McConnell for top GOP Senate post

Scott announced that he would go up against McConnell, 80, who is currently on track to break a Senate record for being the longest-serving leader in history in 2023

Rick Scott’s $300M Medicare fraud allegations resurface as he challenges Mitch McConnell for top GOP Senate post
Rick Scott (L) is running to unseat Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as the top Republican in the Senate (Kevin Dietsch, and Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC: Senator Rick Scott is gearing up to challenge Senator Mitch McConnell for the post of minority leader when the conference holds leadership elections. McConnell, 80, has remained uncontested for 15 years and seems confident that he will get the votes this time as well. However, the GOP is reportedly under pressure due to the poor performance in the midterms so the party might just decide to bring in a change. While Scott, 69, is a fairly well competitor, people have not forgotten the alleged Medicare fraud and it is now resurfacing again. 

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The former governor of Florida announced that he would go up against McConnell who is currently on track to break a Senate record for being the longest-serving leader in history in 2023 during a closed-door lunch for Senate Republicans on Tuesday, November 14, 2022. Fox News Digital obtained a note that Scott penned to GOP colleagues which read, "I’m writing to you today because I believe it’s time for the Senate Republican Conference to be far more bold and resolute than we have been in the past. We must start saying what we are for, not just what we are against." He also took to this Twitter to share the news. "The status quo is broken and big change is needed. It's time for new leadership in the Senate that unites Republicans to advance a bold conservative agenda. That's why I'm running to be the Senate Republican Leader," he tweeted. Scott is also backed up by former president Donald Trump.

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However, people have not forgotten about Scott's alleged involvement in the Medicare fraud. Scott co-founded Columbia Hospital Corporation, which later became one of the largest for-profit hospital systems in the US after merging with HCA Healthcare. His name and the organization came under the microscope after the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services investigated a potential Medicare fraud. It was reported that Scott was paid a $9.88M settlement after he quit the company following the initial raid and that he also owned 10M shares of stock in the company worth more than $300M. 

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Internet reminds Rick Scott of $300M Medicare fraud

Several social media users took to Twitter and expressed their views over Scott running for top GOP post and reminded him of the alleged Medicare fraud. One user wrote, "Rick Scott is trending again so good time to remind folks Scott invoked the 5th amendment 75 times when deposed after committing the largest case of Medicare fraud in U.S. history and his company was fined $1.7 billion. Now he has a plan to dismantle Social Security and Medicare."

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Another user wrote, "Rick Scott shouldn't be allowed to do *anything* for this Country after defrauding Medicare and being fined $1.7 BILLION! Oh, but this is changing out one crook for another in the Senate..."


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One user reminded the public, "Senator Rick Scott challenges Mitch McConnell for minority leader? When Rick Scott’s was CEO of Columbia/HCA about a decade ago, when the hospital company was fined $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud. How the hell did he become a U.S. Senator when he committed this crime?"

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Another user wrote, "The GOP put Rick Scott in charge of their Senate campaign money This is the same Scott whose firm committed the biggest Medicare fraud in history & was fined $1.7 billion Who took off with $300 million Who diverted NRSC funds to his own accounts The GOP is shocked they lost."


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One user tweeted, "Voldemort stand-in Rick Scott is challenging Mitch McConnell for Senate Minority Leader. Rick Scott, who: stole from Medicare wants to eliminate social security and Medicare wants to tax low income earners has an A+ from the NRA NO. #DemVoice1 #BlueVoices."

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Another user tweeted, "Rick Scott is a grifter. He committed the largest case of Medicare fraud in U.S. history and his company was fined $1.7 billion for it. He invoked the 5th Amendment 75 times when deposed. No wonder he mismanaged funds as chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee."


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