GOP: Crist's Assertion That 6 Floridians Die a Day Because of Rick Scott Is Absurd

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: February 8, 2014 3:55 AM
Charlie Crist

Charlie Crist

Former Gov. Charlie Crist, the three-parties-in-three-years gubernatorial candidate, is spreading the word on his national book tour that Floridians are dying because Gov. Rick Scott failed to expand Medicaid.

Continuing his media appearances to promote his new memoir, Crist appeared on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown,” where he ripped into Scott.

"[Scott] said he was for it, Medicaid expansion, for about 30 seconds. I'm exaggerating a little bit, but not much," Crist said. "Didn't lift a finger to get it passed.

"What are the results? About a million of my fellow Floridians are not getting health care today and, I am told by friends at SIEU (sic), that means six people in Florida die every day as a result of that,” Crist said.

Calling it a “tough allegation," MSNBC’s Chuck Todd followed up with Crist after the former governor made that statement. “You’re saying people are dying and it’s the fault of not expanding Medicaid?" Todd asked.

"That’s right," Crist replied. “It’s not a stretch at all."

Todd called the comment a “tough charge” and Crist agreed with that assessment.

"You’re accusing Governor Scott and the Republican Legislature of not expanding Medicaid, saying it is leading to more people dying in the state of Florida?" Todd asked.

Crist doubled down on his accusation. "It’s not hard to figure that out,” Crist fired back. “It's common sense. Look at it. If people are sick and they aren’t getting health care, what happens? They usually get sicker or they die. I mean those are just the facts.”

Scott’s team fired back Friday afternoon as Florida Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, chairman of Scott’s campaign, offered a reply. Thrasher, a former speaker of the Florida House, led the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) when Crist left the GOP in 2010, replacing Crist ally Jim Greer who had been removed after facing accusations of financial irregularities. Greer faced charges of grand theft and money laundering and pleaded guilty last year. He now is serving an 18-month prison term.

Ethics were clearly on Thrasher’s mind Friday as he fired back at Crist, noting Scott Rothstein, an old Crist ally who was convicted for his role in a $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme, testified earlier this week that the former governor distributed judgeships in exchange for contributions.

"Charlie Crist is coming unglued,” Thrasher insisted. “Is the heat from his association with convicted felon Scott Rothstein getting to Charlie Crist after it was revealed that he may have sold judges in exchange for political contributions? Comparing opposition to any policy to homicide is crazy and irresponsible."

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (10)

Gregg Mundy
6:08PM FEB 8TH 2014
A MACKEREL?? Are you serious? You need to get EDUCATED. Crist at best was a LAME Governor! He's lucky the people of Florida didn't throw him out!!
Gregg Mundy
6:00PM FEB 8TH 2014
Sounds like someone in the White House!!
9:55AM FEB 8TH 2014
I am disabled. I am on medicaid. My first visit to a doctor, after 20 years resulted in the doctor starting immediate treatment, right in the office, for extremely high blood pressure. That probably saved my life. Yea, not expandind medicaid has, and will, kill people.
Brian Maday
12:09PM FEB 8TH 2014
Your FIRST VISIT IN 20 YEARS? Are you some kind of idiot? Who shall we blame for that - Crist or Scott?
10:50PM FEB 10TH 2014
I worked in construction. Not a lot of companieshad benefits. I loved what I did, working on hundreds of historic homes. And made little money, with o lot of personal satisfaction. Further, somebody had todo it. I was a master carpenter and handyman. With no benefits, doctors were a dream. Too bad, you judged me without any facts. Still, I am blessed to be alive
9:52AM FEB 10TH 2014
Disabled with no money or care. You're the idiot ingesting that he could be one. Doctors don't let you in for free. And medicine isn't free either. Ask God what he would do. Hypocrite.
Salvadore Almedia
9:31AM FEB 8TH 2014
Repubs are pulling out all stops to discredit Christ. It doesn't matter. Even a mackerel running would beat Scott.

The real push, however needs to be cleaning out the GOP dominated legislature. They've shown Floridians how government can work for the wealthy and well-connected. Now it's time to have govt work for the rest of us.

By the way, Crist is right. Denying people affordable access to healthcare DOES kill them, slowly and painfully. But stick to your guns, Republicans, especially you House members and your $8.36 per month state subsidized premium health care plans. Not bad for part-time work. Everyone else can use the ER or just die, right?
Brian Maday
12:14PM FEB 8TH 2014
Yeah, right - Lowest unemployment in the country. Get off your lazy ass and get a 'yob'. Go ahead and blow smoke about the Politicians because they won't SUPPORT you and your family.

Easy fix for you - go back to where you came from.
10:56PM FEB 10TH 2014
I know I am native Floridian. You, on the other hand, with such a rude attitude must be from tbaggerland. Shame on you
9:34AM FEB 8TH 2014
Amen Brother!

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