Happytown: Private health care for Florida prisons

Happytown: Private health care for Florida prisons

Though he has yet to succeed at his grand Machiavellian plan to privatize all of Florida’s 26 state prisons outright, last week Gov. Rick Scott was able to retain a shred of his dignity when the Fifth District Court of Appeals quietly approved a controversial plan to privatize prison health care for much of Florida. For the past two years, the notion of saving money throughoutsourcing dignity has come under litigious fire, mostly because legislators and the Department of Corrections tried to sneak the measure through back doors while nobody was looking. The issues were addressed, as they so often are, and the court ruled that everything about the plan now passes constitutional muster – even if it means more than 2,000 state workers may be out of a job. Hooray?

“Had the governor not insisted on going forward and doing unlawful action in violation of the state constitution, we would have never gotten to the point where we got,” American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees attorney Alma Gonzalez told wfsu.org. (The group was one of four plaintiffs in the suit representing the at-risk employees.)