Election Roundtable TODAY, with Ezra Klein and Nate Silver (New Location!)

by John Sides on April 13, 2013 · 4 comments

in Campaigns and elections,Public Events

The roundtable on the 2012 election that I mentioned before will take place today, Saturday, at 4:30 in the Adams Ballroom on the 6th floor of the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.  This is part of the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.  (And for those attending the meeting, not that this is a different room than the panel was previously scheduled.)

In addition to Ezra Klein and Nate Silver, the line-up includes Larry Bartels, Simon Jackman, Drew Linzer, and Lynn Vavreck.  Hope to see you there!

{ 4 comments }

Zach April 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Is this free and open to the public?

Margie April 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Is C-Span taping?

SNS April 13, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Will this be recorded?

No More Rick Scott April 13, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is one of the most entertainingly shameless figures in American political life. In the 1990s, Scott headed Columbia/HCA Healthcare, the largest for-profit hospital in America. While Scott was running Columbia/HCA Healthcare, it got involved in a bit — okay, a lot — of fraud. As Forbes reported, the company “increased Medicare billings by exaggerating the seriousness of the illnesses they were treating. It also granted doctors partnerships in company hospitals as a kickback for the doctors referring patients to HCA. In addition, it gave doctors ‘loans’ that were never expected to be paid back, free rent, free office furniture, and free drugs from hospital pharmacies.”

The scale of the fraud was so immense that Columbia/HCA Healthcare ended up paying more than $2 billion (PDF) back to the federal government in the single largest fraud case in history. (The previous record holder? Drexel Burnham.) Scott resigned shortly before the judgment came down.

Today, Scott is enjoying a second act as governor of Florida. And, as Suzy Khimm reports, he doesn’t seem all that chastened. Before running for office, he turned his $62 million stake in Solantic, the urgent-care clinic chain he founded after resigning from Columbia/HCA Healthcare, over to a trust in his wife’s name. Solantic doesn’t take traditional Medicaid, but it does work with the private HMOs that, under a 2005 pilot program, were allowed to contract with Medicaid. And Scott is now pushing a bill that would expand that program across the state making those HMOs — the ones Solantic works with — the norm for Medicaid.

Asked about the apparent conflict of interest, Scott said, “If you look at everything that I want to accomplish in health care in Florida is basically what I’ve believed all my life. I believe in the principle that if you have more competition it will drive down the prices.” And I believe him. But he could have sold his stake in Solantic when he got into government. Since he didn’t, the fact remains that Scott is pushing a policy his family stands to profit from immensely . Which is, for Scott, real progress. In the 1990s, he made his money off single-payer health-care programs by cheating them. Today, he’s making his money off single-payer health-care programs by running them. No matter how you look at it, it’s a step up.
-Ezra Klein Washington Post

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