What an Asshole

In a move that other state’s have already found unconstitutional (Michigan):

Floridians will have to submit urine, blood or hair samples for drug testing before receiving cash benefits from the state, under a bill Gov. Rick Scott signed into law today.

“The goal of this is to make sure we don’t waste taxpayers’ money,” Scott said. “And hopefully more people will focus on not using illegal drugs.”

Taxpayers will reimburse welfare applicants for negative drug tests. Positive tests will carry an immediate ban on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families for six months. A second positive test will result in a three-year ban on state assistance.

What an Asshole. The goal of this is to pump either taxpayers or drug addicts to fatten the coffers of statewide medical clinics, something you, your family and your friends are all heavily invested in. I’m sure I’m not the only one saying this, only because I had dinner last night with two friends in the medical industry – one in IT and the other in lab testing. They both agreed that the real impetus for this isn’t to legitimize Medicare payments. And I mean legitimize in the sense of keeping those monies out of drug dealer’s hands.

Scott made his mark as a medical care industrialist, profiting off of illness, and what better state than Florida. So now that your bottom line has the elderly covered, why not bilk taxpayers/drug users for additional funds. Let’s really hit the poor where it hurts.

I don’t disagree with the sentiment behind the law – to be clear. I disagree with the cynicism of the law. That we Floridians are stupid enough to let Rick Scott fill the coffers of his pet industry with our money via state law.

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