Naples, Florida , United States
|| December 01, 1952
Oct 09, 2014 09:40pm
Conservative - Anti-Gay Marriage - Pro School Vouchers - Pro- gun - Pro-Life - U.S. Navy - NRA -
|Info||Born in Bloomington, Illinois and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Richard Scott is considered one of America’s foremost entrepreneurs. The son of a truck driver and JC Penney clerk, Rick is known as an innovator in business, health care, and politics, and has developed a reputation in the health care industry for providing affordable, high quality services through a patient-centric approach to cost and care. Rick is the founder of two health care providers, Columbia Hospital Corporation and Solantic Corporation, which builds and operates urgent care facilities throughout Florida. Rick also started Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, an organization founded to defend free market principles in health care that focused successfully on defeating President Obama’s government-run public option plan. |
An Early Entrepreneur
After high school and one year of community college, Rick enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served 29 months on active duty including on the USS Glover as a radar man. Rick then enrolled at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and, while also working full-time at a local grocery store, he made his first significant foray into the business world by buying two Kansas City doughnut shops for his mother to manage.
Following graduation from UMKC with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Rick earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University. He stayed in Dallas, working for the city’s largest law firm, Johnson & Swanson, primarily representing companies in the health care, oil and gas and communication industries. His specialization was in health care mergers and acquisitions and it was during his work on these transactions that he recognized how patients could be better served by improving hospital efficiency, which would lead to lower costs and better outcomes.
In the spring of 1987, while still practicing law, Rick put together a six billion dollar finance package and made an offer to purchase HCA, Inc. When the offer was rejected, Rick started Columbia with his entire life savings of $125,000.
|Thu Mar 26 19:39:04 +0000 2015 - In his 2015 budget, Governor Scott proposed cutting $673 million in tax cuts for Floridians! #yourflorida http://t.co/6EhoqxkjoB|
Wed Mar 25 19:08:10 +0000 2015 - Every Florida family will be able to get back money with the cell phone and TV tax cut. #yourflorida http://t.co/EaGUzK85sD
Tue Mar 24 17:02:20 +0000 2015 - In 4 years, we have cut taxes more than 40 times and helped to reduce state debt by $7.5 billion! #yourflorida http://t.co/8cy16leeRy
Mon Mar 23 14:16:22 +0000 2015 - We're expanding industries, devoting more resources to education and investing in the environment. http://t.co/wBxp53KZai #yourflorida
Fri Mar 20 19:48:42 +0000 2015 - Governor Scott is committed to keeping Florida beautiful - and he's proving it by investing $3B. #yourflorida http://t.co/dnUo3K2BUA
Thu Mar 19 18:43:46 +0000 2015 - One place in America is creating jobs faster than ever - Florida! #yourflorida http://t.co/wBxp53KZai
Wed Mar 18 15:27:29 +0000 2015 - FL unemployment rate keeps going down - from 11.1%-5.6% in just 4 years! #yourflorida http://t.co/EzCnKk2BMi
Tue Mar 17 14:02:30 +0000 2015 - Record job creation and Governor Scott won't stop there. #yourflorida http://t.co/igTiqaMA4T
Mon Mar 16 15:13:09 +0000 2015 - FL is seeing record job creation! Governor Scott is committed to creating private-sector jobs. That's #yourflorida http://t.co/wBxp53KZai
Fri Mar 13 16:10:16 +0000 2015 - You can spend your money better than the gov't. That's why we're putting your money back in your pocket. #yourflorida http://t.co/TNwQ2D6bPX