Scott says he took responsibility for ’90s fraud investigation, hits Nelson on Medicare cut

It’s rare to see a candidate take one of their negatives and use it against an opponent. That’s what Governor Rick is doing in his latest TV ad. The new commercial titled “Responsibility” covers the 1990’s Medicare fraud investigation at HCA, the health care company Scott once ran. HCA paid an all-time record fine to the federal government and Scott left the company. It’s an issue that’s been used again Scott in his two campaigns for governor and in this year’s Senate race. But now Scott is using the the fraud investigation to try and turn the tables on Senator Bill Nelson.

In the new TV ad a narrator says, “When Rick Scott’s company was fined 20 years ago, he took responsibility. And the company paid every penny it owed. That’s what strong leaders do – they take responsibility.”

The ad then pivots to hit Nelson for his vote “to cut $716 billion from Medicare.” Nelson did vote for the cut, which was part of the 2009 Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

The ad the Scott commercial mentions wasn’t from the Nelson campaign, but from a political action committee affiliated with Senate Democrats – Majority Forward. The Scott response ad only addresses a small part of the attack from the Democrat ad, which hits the Governor for his wealth and investments during his two terms in office.

“Despite the millions of dollars Rick Scott has poured into his Senate campaign, his standing in the race is diminishing and that is because of Scott’s disastrous record of enriching himself at Floridians’ expense,” said Majority Forward spokesperson Chris Hayden, in a news release.

Scott placed his personal assets in a blind trust early during his tenure as governor, but his wife did not. Democrats have accused Scott of personally benefitting during his nearly eight years in office. Scott denies the allegation.

David Bishop is a native Floridian, husband and father. During his 30 year career, David has been a journalist, political operative and communications consultant.