One of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s first moves was to eliminate the state’s Office of Drug Control, which was established by his ideological soul mate Jeb Bush.
And now Scott is killing a statewide database that would monitor prescriptions of Vicodin, Percoset and OxyContin.
It’s not a money-saving measure: The database was privately funded. It’s not because there’s no prescription drug abuse problem in Florida: According to the Miami Herald, “In the first six months of 2010, doctors in Florida prescribed nine times more oxycodone than was sold in the entire United States during that same period.”
Does Scott harbor libertarian views on government overreach? That’s the impression he’d like to give. When asked about the issue, he said: “I don’t support the database. I believe it’s an invasion of privacy.”
But Scott proposes drug testing welfare recipients and supports an Arizona-style papers-please law that would allow cops to harass people pulled over for minor traffic offenses such as driving while brown. This makes the privacy angle a tough sell.
So what’s the dealio? Could this be payback to Florida’s most famous resident OxyContin abuser and Scott supporter, Rush Limbaugh? Or could it have something to do with the chain of medical clinics Scott founded after being ousted from HCA/Columbia for massive fraud? Only his hairdresser knows for sure.
In other Scott news, on Tuesday, Scott seemed to be backing off the hard-line union-busting approach championed by Wisconsin Governor Scott “We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to Anyone” Walker. But in a taped Bloomberg interview yesterday, Rick Scott made his views on public sector unions clear:
“Our state workers don’t pay for anything into their pension plan. And we can’t afford that—it’s not fair to taxpayers,” Scott said. “If you didn’t have collective bargaining, would it be better for the state? Absolutely.”
Would it be even better for the state’s business climate if workers’ rights were eliminated entirely? Absolutely. And OxyContin for all to usher in the paradise of a Work-for-free drug-place.
[H/T to AsiangrrlMN]