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Auto insurance group strokes $100k check to Rick Scott as he pushes PIP, bashes ‘special interests’

On Wednesday, when it wasn’t clear if the Legislature would give Gov. Rick Scott a win and overhaul Personal Injury Protection auto insurance to his liking, one thing was certain in the state Capitol: The auto insurance industry was very happy with Scott.

United Group Underwriters, an affiliate of United Automobile Insurance Company, gave $100,000 to Scott’s Let’s Get to Work political committee. At the same time, Scott was preparing to bash the Senate’s PIP bill it passed Wednesday, which mandated rate reductions and wasn’t as strict as a House measure.

Scott said the Senate bill didn’t do enough to reduce fraud – words echoed by the dozens of lobbyists representing the industry.

Said Scott: “The Senate bill seems like it’s been written by special interests.”

At the same time, the other special interests were writing Scott his big check. It accounts for about a third of the $317,000 Scott has raised since the beginning of the year. Since January 2011, Scott has pulled in a total of $774,751. Some of the biggest contributions came from some of the biggest players in the just-ended legislative session: Miguel B Fernandez ($125,000), Florida Optometric CCE ($100,000), Florida Retail Federation ($100,000), and Florida Association of Insurance Agent ($50,000).

Scott’s supporters, like any politician collecting big checks, says his contributors aren’t buying him – instead, they’re buying his agenda. Scott set out early this year to overhaul PIP, which the auto-insurance industry has sought for years.

In the waning days, Scott, his staff and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll worked the Senate and got just enough votes to back a compromise bill that passed Friday out of the Legislature

“This is a triumphant moment for the residents of Florida,” Scott said in a written statement after the bill passed. “Members of the legislature heard our call to put Floridians ahead of special interests and combat the fraud that has become a billion dollar tax on drivers.”

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Dan

Once a crook
Always a crook

John Talavera

Rick Scott is the modern day Nucky Thompson.

whasup

The proof will be in the pudding. The people are expecting their premiums to drop like a rock. They won't drop much, if at all, and so this "victory" declaration by Scott will turn out to have been a mistake.

Stacy Proscia

Put FLORIDIANS ahead of the special interests..... you just took our right to choose how an injury is treated. Going to the hospital is the answer... all of us know that going to the hospital tells us if we broke anything..has nothing to do with the other injuries which effect us greatly. Lets not mention that the huge bill we get from the hospital does not include treatment for the injury. Nothing is broken ...$7000... please. At least the Chiropractors who you pushed out treat the injury. Oh yeah ..we don't get the patients addicted to medication. Think about Governor Scott.

Dylan

Bet the senators he strong armed into voting on the bill did not know this. Hope cridt comes back as a dem & beats him. Scott is as dishonest as they come.

Tammie

Its a good thing Democrats dont take big checks from personal injury lawyers, or they could be open to the same criticism. lol

Rich Parillo

Why not investigate the fact Scott threatened law makers to vote his way or they will be penalized by him? This is a crime in Florida.

Rich Parillo

By the way, this new law does not do anything to fight fraud. It only makes it easier to deny claims, increases the profits for insurance companies,and takes away our coverage. They convinced the Press it was to fight fraud. That was a scam. You all fell for it.

Marianne

Scott just screwed all of us who may be injured in a motor vehilce accident. This guy is a crook. He will bring south Florida DOWN. No fraud will be stopped. He just "lined his pockets" again! If you think your auto insurance premiums will go down--think again--they will certainly go UP for Less than adequate coverage. Look at it like this: what if your home owners ins. company said to you: we will cover your home for anything except a HURRICANE or a FIRE--we will pay for anything else, after you pay your deductible!!!You would be outraged. You should be outraged now!!!
RICK SCOTT IS EVIL

Lee

First tricky ricky steals it from health care
and now he's taking it from the good people of Florida to give even more to the big auto insurance companies
Find out which politicians sided with the devil !

Dahlia

something doesn't smell right here?

jerabaub

Maybe Scott ought to be drug tested.

Whadda ya think?

alex

Where is the media during this whole debacle? Just as bought and paid for as Scott and the two hill billy Boss Hogg Representatives Boyd and Nelson

GHY

How about fraud done by the companies. Why don't they prosecute the presidents of companies paying for politicians to be elected. I call it bribary

Alan G Phillips

Sounds as if they have bought Scott. Florida needs a governor who serves the people not the interests of large insurance corporations. When will he wake up?

Yourhandoutofmypocket

I was involved in an accident (the person who ran into me from the rear ,,Skidded into me 80ft on dry pavement, she had bald tires) Why should my PIP pay for my injuries caused by this person and her negligence. SHE HAD BALD TIRES,,NEED TO START YEARLY STATE VEHICLE INSPECTIONS + VERIFY INSURANCE PAPERS + OUTLAW CARS THAT ARE HELD TOGETHER WITH TAPE, SPIT AND CHICKEN WIRE. IF THE STATE WANT TO DO SOMETHING, THEY SHOULD MAKE All DRIVERS HAVE MANDATORY INJURY PROTECTION FOR THE OTHER GUY IN ACCIDENTS THEY CAUSE! THIS MAY HELP STOP THE FRAUD.

HEY,,,Rick Scott,,get your head out of your butt and your hand outof my pocket. Looking forward to voting this guy out of office!

Guy

More money for insurance companies, less coverage for Floridians = win for republican lobbyists and a loss for everyone else. Make your displeasure known in November.

Yourhandoutofmypocket

ON ANOTHER NOTE,,THIS GUY RICK SCOTT IS TRYING TO TAKEOVER COMMUNITY HOSPITALS AND HAVE THEM SOLD TO PRIVATE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS,,YOU KNOW , LIKE COLUMBIA/HCA,(WHO HE WAS THE CEO FOR). DOES THAT SOUND LIKE A LITTLE BIT OF DIRTY POLITICS(THE BILL IS CURRENTLY WORKING THROUGH THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE).

THIS GUY IS TAKEN THE GRAFT FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES AND HEALTHCARE! WONDER IF HE'LL START A STATE TAX TOO!

VOTE RICK SCOTT OUT!

LucieannD

Using "fraud" as yet another reason to unnecessarily reform legislation that has worked for so many for so many years, is a Republican sham. When you ask them to point to an over abundance of fraud that warrants such reforms be it voter ID or PIP, they cannot do it. So much for "smaller government" right Republicans?! The only fraud being perpetrated here is by Rick Scott and the Republican legislature!!

joearthur@mac.com

Scott should be in prison. He claims he didn't know his company was bilking Medicare. If he didn't know then he was an incompetent CEO and now he's an incompetent governor. If he did know about the fraud he should be in prison.

chris g

Sorry to say that the majority in Florida are easy marks....

dan diodge

Scott is another of the Gop Governors who needs to be drawn and quartered and left anyone deep in the everglades. H e would make great gator food because he is a disgrace as a public figure..You can add Walker from wi, Daniels from Indiana, Brewer from Az, Odell from Va..all of these gop are gator food, though i doubt the gators would go any where near Brewer.

R. Redman

Rick Scott worrying about fraud? That is news.... He made his billions by fraud. Voters need to vote out all of his fraudster helpers in the Fl. Senate and House. Republicans used to be a party of integrity but that was a couple of generations ago. Biggest crooks on the planet now. They need to be voted out of office, indicted,tried, convicted and sent to those prisons built by their campaign contributors.

Jkeelan

How is Fraud being reduced? This bill was for his own interest. Why would you take away the citizens choice of what treatment they want for their injuries, in which they are paying the premiums for. The interest of the corporations comes before the citizens of Florida. Thanks Rick Scott now havign more people addicted to pain medication because they can't get the proper treatment for soft tissues injuries. I thought you were trying to get rid of pill mills. What an oxyMORAN you are. You are pathetic!!!!

Ruff Davidson

Rick Scott needs to be voted out of office and shipped out to another state. He's what you get when you strip education down to nothing. An ignorant electorate that doesn't have a clue. Keep them stupid Republicans, it's the only way to stay in power.

roy j. carlisi jr.

Why did the govenor and the legislature punish chiro's and the general public?

kvmq'lknv

You Floridians slay me. You got what you wanted, and now you're all surprised Scott is a crook?

WayneM

Obviously no one here likes Scott or the PIP change but everyone I know thinks that the change was long overdue. That includes several of my friends who are Democrats and personal injury attorneys.

Loraine

Why don't they charge and try this governor (like they do in Illinois)! There are 2 or 3 Illinois governors are in prison now (in addition to Mr. Daley).

jameszwilson

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Michael Miller


Rich will end up behind bars, he is heading for trouble again only this time people have wised up !

You mind my words

it is on the cards, no crook can get away with so much for so long...

he cannot help himself... he has to continue with his dirty tricks and Florida ... sorry but you asked for it.. what possess you to allow another politician to buy your State ??? shame on you ...

what is about him though that people do not see the real monster in the man !!!

Rich Scott is dangerous

please recall and PRONTO

Michael Miller


Another thing....

Why does not anyone test Rich Scott and New Jersey Governor Christy for drug abuse ???

I think they need to test everyone without exception from now on.... make it compulsory

It is the only way we will win the war on drugs

Legislation should be pass that allows for every professional before getting a job to be tested !

Steve

Florida "no-fault" insurance covers almost no medical care, and is extremely expensive for what little coverage it does provide. It really was designed, from the start, to provide full employment for the insurance fraud industry. It should be repealed.

In its place, pass a new law that says each person is responsible for his/her own medical costs, up to the usual limits of most medical insurance policies.

Pete

Scott is as dishonest as they come." Really? I thought only folks with something to hide, like big crooks, would claim the 5th amendment 75 times.

Jay@Seattle

What r u guys crying about. You voted for him. You got what u wanted

Amber

Senator Haridopolos' wife is Dr. Haridopolos, a family physician, who will benefit 100% from this NEW PIP LAW! HMMMM.....IS THAT WHY SENATOR HARIDOPOLOS HAD SUCH A HUGE SMILE ON HIS FACE AS HE SHOOK GOV RICK SCOTT'S HAND WITH DR HARIDOPOLOS IN THE BACKGROUND IN YESTERDAY'S TAMPA BAY TIMES (FORMERLY ST. PETERSBURG TIMES) FRONT PAGE PICTURE? WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Amber

Read up on all Gov Rick Scott owns in wikipedia. Conflicts of interest, I would say. no?

david m.

If the insurance companies would stop their numerous television ads at a cost of billions for air time they would have even more profits . This bill only gives them even more profits and the honest physicians (the 99% of us) now have to earn less for providing quality care for real patients who need care.

Ronald Witmer

I am a Licensed Massage Therapist that has never commited any sort of Fraud, and now I will be unemployeed. If any one has a job for me, please contact me at RonJonofFl@aol.com I am a Male Massage Theapist, so Ive always practiced medical massage as no spa has ever wanted to hire me, they only hire females. Gov. Scott, I sure would appreciate your help in finding a job, since massage will no longer be covered under the new PIP Law. Please contact me at http://www.IKneadYouNow.com Thanks

Broadcastboy

Whine, whine, whine...Step back libs and take a look. First, there's a simple measuring stick here: either rates will eventually go down or they won't. The market will dictate that because insurers want market share. PIP was a scam from the beginning. Why did we have it? Because there are thousands and thousands of LIARS out there causing wrecks, faking injuries, etc. Oh, and for the Rick Scott haters out there...yeah, there are some decisions that could have been handled differently, but the bottom line is that Florida is faring better, growing jobs faster than about every state in the land.

Dolores

Some Ds voted for the House bill too. Senator Montford did. He could have voted for the senate bill, he chose the worst one, the HB. I guess he gets a check too It is a bad bill that takes away from people once again.

scott sullivan

If we defrauded the federal gov out of 100's of millions wouldn't anybody else be in prison.

emy

What is lost in all comments is the fact that United Auto ins. gave him money, try calling any clinic and ask if they will treat you with a United Ins. I bet everybody will say NO.That company routinely deied payment for any treatment no matter if you are badly injured in an accident, and if you go to an emergency room who is going to pay after $2500.

Peanut123

Scott's idea of "special interest" is anyone sick or injured who needs health care or who has a damaged house. He thinks we should all pay huge amounts to the insurance companies just for their profits, we should not expect proper services in return.

John

Rick Scott accepts bribes, plain and simple. There needs to be major media coverage in all of this. Insurance companies are buying off the Florida government for more profits and screwing the consumers. Doesn't the media see right through Scotts plans of forcing people into hospitals which he will then in turn try to get health care insurance companies to own. Its all part of a long term plan to put consumer health choice into the hands of big business. You know who loses when that happens.

John Bristel

United has thousnds of cases in the court system. Their motto is deny, delay, don't pay.

One crook Rick Scott, the I take the 5th criminal governer, in bed with other other crooks, dirty United auto insurance.

And the people will suffer.

david

The auto insurnace reduction that is supposed to result from Scott-Care only affects PIP. PIP is at most $24-$26 a month. Some pay $49 for six months. This is the only part of the auto insurance that supposedly will be reduced. So, what does this become? $2.40 - $2.60 each month in savings. You cannnot even buy a Starbucks coffee with that.

jamezjanik


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TangoKat

I wish everyone who posted here would send their very good comments to the governor, congressional rep, and senator. We have to let them know...WE KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND WE'RE NOT LETTING YOU OFF THE HOOK!

N Cauley

He was a crook when he got elected. Have we learned our lesson yet? GET HIM OUT OF OFFICE BEFORE HE SOLIDLY WRECKS FLORIDA. Nothing is going to get better with him.

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