Monday, May 18, 2015

Rick Scott makes Contributor-Developer head of Hospital Board

via the Herald Tribune:

Developer, a Scott loyalist, at helm of hospital panel

By Dale White , Herald-Tribune

Friday, May 15, 2015

As a political supporter of Gov. Rick Scott and already a gubernatorial appointee to several regional boards, Manatee County-based developer Carlos Beruff is regarded by political observers as an unsurprising choice by Scott to head a new state panel looking into hospital profits and health care funding gaps.


As a major supporter and confidant, Carlos Beruff already casts considerable influence with the state’s chief executive. (H-T ARCHIVE)

During Scott’s re-election effort, Beruff donated nearly $100,000 to Scott’s campaign and political action committee Let’s Get to Work. Since 2002, Beruff has been a major Republican Party donor, giving more than $330,000 to state candidates through his various holdings. He also served on Scott’s transition team after the governor’s first election.

As a major supporter and confidant, Beruff already casts considerable influence with the state’s chief executive.

Scott’s critics regard his appointment of Beruff to the new Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding to be based strictly on political favoritism rather than expertise. Beruff is a home builder, not a health care expert.

“Rick Scott has appointed a banker, a builder, an integrated beef consultant — whatever an integrated beef consultant is — to this committee who clearly lack the qualifications to solve the problems in Florida’s health care system,” said Joshua Karp, communications director for the Florida Democratic Party. MORE...

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