Orlando Health and Florida Hospital will not bill survivors of the Pulse nightclub massacre for out-of-pocket medical expenses, officials announced Wednesday.
Instead, the hospitals will write off an estimated $5.5 million or more in care.
“The pulse shooting was a horrendous tragedy for the victims, their families and our entire community,” Orlando Health President and CEO David Strong said. “During this very trying time, many organizations, individuals and charities have reached out to Orlando Health to show their support. This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward.”
Will the Pulse Nightclub Crime Scene Also Be Demolished?
Hours before the alleged “worst mass shooting in US history” at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, the City of Orlando created an online record either concerning the bar’s business tax or a potential building permit involving an unspecified project at the business’ 1912 South Orange Avenue address.
This is according to the transaction’s case number of BUS0004986-003 via the municipality’s online records system at CityofOrlando.net. In the most unusual timing, the electronic record was generated on Saturday June 11, 2016 with an expected completion date of October 1, 2016.
The reason that the document appears to involve construction is that it further states: “Plan revisions may not be submitted until all disciplines have completed their plan reviews.” As homeowners who have pulled a permit to remodel their homes are well aware, the process anticipates several stages of bureaucratic review.
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A “survivor” with no visible injuries, being carried toward the club instead of the hospital. Image: ABC News.
New information on “the worst mass shooting in U.S. history” reveals a complex and confusing scenario at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando during the three hours of the “shooting” and its aftermath. The official story – or perhaps one should say stories – is a fragmented narrative composed of bits and pieces, consisting of interviews of “survivors” and “witnesses,” cell phone videos supposedly taken inside the club, news footage, and pronouncements by various officials. Added to this are the texts and phone calls allegedly made by Omar Mateen, the “shooter,” along with statements given by his father and wives, past and present.
Leaving aside the ludicrous idea that Mateen phoned 911 three times while he was killing people, and also called News 13 TV as well as “a friend,” at the same time as he was texting his wife and searching on Facebook – the various parts of the Orlando story just don’t add up.