I realize that many of you may have already heard about this, but I just got the memo…
It seems that Gov. Rick Scott of Florida decided he would start a program mandating that those who receive government aid pass drug tests.
Regardless of how you feel about welfare applicants undergoing drug tests there was a very clear conflict of interest.
Rick Scott used his own company to do the drug testing.
Glossing over the fact that 96% of the people who were forced to undergo testing passed the test (2% were found positive and another 2% did not complete the process) – the state had to reimburse the cost of the test to every applicant who passed the test:
Cost of the tests averages about $30. Assuming that 1,000 to 1,500 applicants take the test every month, the state will owe about $28,800-$43,200 monthly in reimbursements to those who test drug-free.
That compares with roughly $32,200-$48,200 the state may save on one month’s worth of rejected applicants.
Net savings to the state: $3,400 to $5,000 annually on one month’s worth of rejected applicants. Over 12 months, the money saved on all rejected applicants would add up to $40,800 to $60,000 for a program that state analysts have predicted will cost $178 million this fiscal year.
A bit of background (via Wiki) on Rick Scott:
Richard Lynn “Rick” Scott (born December 1, 1952) is an American politician who is the 45th and current Governor of the U.S. state ofFlorida.
Scott served in the U.S. Navy and then went into business. He earned a business degree and law degree and joined a Dallas firm where he became partner. In 1987 he helped found the Columbia Hospital Corporation with two business partners; this merged with Hospital Corporation of America in 1989 to form Columbia/HCA and eventually became the largest private for-profit health care company in the U.S. He was forced to resign as Chief Executive of Columbia/HCA in 1997 amid a scandal over the company’s business and Medicare billing practices; the company ultimately admitted to fourteen felonies and agreed to pay the federal government over $600 million.
A few days before he took office in January, Scott moved his shares in Solantic Corp., a chain of 32 urgent care centers, to the Frances Annette Scott Revocable Trust. Scott co-founded Solantic in 2001 and was involved in its operation until last year. His wife’s trust now holds enough stock in the private company to control it. By transferring the Solantic shares to his wife’s trust, which is represented on the Solantic board by one of his former business associates, Scott maintains he is free from any possible conflicts.
This writer simply thinks that the real conflict of interest is profiting from the company which is performing these mandatory drug tests…
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