Bill Frist will almost certainly be elected as the senate majority leader to replace Trent Lott.
But Frist may have a few skeletons in the closet of his own. HCA, the largest hospital chain in the country, is run by Frist’s brother and was founded by his father. Frist himself owns millions in Columbia/HCA stock, kept in a blind trust. And even though Columbia/HCA had an obvious stake in the outcome of both the Congressional Medicare commission’s work and the patients’ bill of rights legislation, Frist didn’t withdraw from either debate. In fact, the Tennessee senator took a leadership role in both instances. Meanwhile, Columbia/HCA had been the focus of the government’s longest-running health care fraud inquiry. On Wednesday, HCA announced an $880 million settlement with the Justice Department.
should the republicans keep looking?