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Happytown: Citizens to dump 60,000 customers

Company that contributes heavily to Gov. Rick Scott re-election effort expected to benefit from the new business

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Widdicombe launched Heritage Property and Casualty Company last year, presumably as a New Man, and set to lobbying Tallahassee via its lobbyist Tom Gallagher, who used to be a state Insurance Commissioner and also, coincidentally, helped create Citizens. Also, reports the Herald, the lobbying firm Gallagher works for is run by Citizens general counsel. No conflict here. Move along.

But the real kicker in this twisted swamp tale is that Heritage has been heavily bankrolling Gov. Scott’s forever-re-election campaign ($110,000 directly, $30,000 to the Republican Party of Florida), so it looks like this deal is so insular that it can’t even remove its head from its own ass. So bad is it that even Republicans in the legislature are balking. The somewhat awesome Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, tweeted the obvious – “Sadly, Tallahassee is for sale” – and everybody involved immediately went po-faced and refused to admit that any of this looks like the public relations disaster that it ought to be.

In the end, people can expect higher rates and worse coverage, because privatization is really what’s best for the people – the people you will never know; the ones who get $52 million with no strings attached from a state-run insurance provider by investing $140,000 in Republicans. And, to recap, the same state government that stared down a $55 billion Medicaid-expansion gift horse in order to avoid the “socialized medicine” of Obamacare is basically allowing fraud to happen in its own socialized home insurance scam via Citizens. It’s our Heritage. Bring on the floods.

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