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Obama To Cut Medicare/Medicaid Fraud

From Jake Tapper at ABC News:

President Obama Will Try to Build Support for Health Care Reform through New Effort to Combat Medicare/Medicaid Fraud

Jake Tapper

March 10, 2010

In an effort to build support for Democratic health care reform legislation, President Obama will announce support later today for efforts to crack down on fraud in Medicare and Medicaid, among other government programs, one of the few areas of bipartisan consensus during last month’s health care reform summit…

White House officials say in 2009 more than $54 billion in improper payments were made through Medicare and Medicaid.

We suspect this is a very low estimate. As we have previously noted, just Medicare (not Medicaid) fraud in the city of Miami alone accounted for more than $3 billion dollars lost last year.

In St. Charles, Missouri, later today, the president will announce that he has signed a presidential memorandum to direct federal agencies and departments to expand their use of “payment recapture audits,” which give private auditors financial incentives to find improper payments. Expanding the use of these audits, White House officials say, could restore $2 billion taxpayer dollars over the course of three years.

So in three years they are going to possibly recoup $2 billion dollars over the course of three years? $2 billion out of a total of $162 billion lost (at a rate of $54 billion a year)?

How impressive! This will get the Republicans on board for sure.

But right now the use of reclaimed funds for payment recapture audits is only possible for some government programs – through the Medicare Fee for Service program and for government contracts that enjoy more than $500 million in contracts. So the president will also announce support for legislation to expand the use of such audits. The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act was introduced by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., and has been cosponsored by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

We suspect that the real motive here is not rooting out fraud, but giving the government yet another opportunity for more intrusion into our private lives.

Who really believes that expanding Medicare and Medicaid will reduce Medicare and Medicaid fraud?

Does anyone remember how the amnesty of 1986 (aka the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986) was going to put an end to illegal immigration?

We’ve all seen how well that turned out.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Obama To Cut Medicare/Medicaid Fraud”

  1. proreason says:

    Medicare is the primary example of redistribution in the country.

    It’s the piggy bank for criminals, the core liberal constituency.

    There is zero chance that there will be any fraud reduction whatsoever with Obamy in charge.

    Actually, below zero………fraud is increasing geometrically under his regime.

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    Oh how great it would be to have a “Fair and Balanced” Media.
    They would jump on this with both feet as an example of hypocracy.
    Did not “The One” just blast the conservatives for having plenty of time to “reform” the healthcare and doing nothing?

    Well the party of Wealth Redistribution has had decades to do something about fraud, not just in medicare, but also in welfare; social security; grant and subsidy programs; foreign aid; income taxes; and last but absolutely not least VOTING!
    And they have done squat!

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    Obama To Cut Medicare/Medicaid Fraud ..

    And .. Post All Legislation on the Internet for 5 Days Before Any Vote, And .. Toss the Lobbyists Out of Washington, And .. Bring a New Tone of Partisanship to Washington, And .. blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah ….

    Stop global warming, find a cure for cancer, raise the dead … gosh, what can’t this dude do????

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Capone, Gotti, Meyers, Costella all ran numbers and served jail time.
    Enter the ‘Thin Dark Duke’ ………… will this stand the Statis Quo?

  5. Mithrandir says:

    You have to just train yourself to believe the opposite is going to happen, that comes out of a politician’s mouth. –almost 0% is believable really.

    “Oh, this program is only going to cost…….$” (multiply that by at least 10) {remember Obama’s health care claim? “This will not add 1 dime to the deficit!” —you’re right, it will add 100 trillion dimes to the deficit}

    “We have no intention of taking this or that right away from the people…..” (they have ever intention to do so)

    “Our goal is to……” (that goal will never be achieved like the dept. of energy invented to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, or dept of homeland security to save us from terrorism: both failures!)

    “We intend to save 2 billion over 3 years….” (Sigh, and this will cost us how much to do? –5 billion? Soon after this, there will be an investigation that the fraud / waste & abuse apparatus is fraught with???? Yep, fraud/waste/abuse!)

    The best thing to do, is to remove any sort of law making, rights-grabbing, or tax-raising power these people have, and let the states exercise their 10th Amendment rights. Washington bureaucrats exist to maintain themselves, their power, and their lifetime benefits, don’t trust a single word any of them utter.

  6. Yarddog1 says:

    How about cutting political fraud and corruption. Whatever happened to that “throwing the first stone” thing? I am sick and tired of being lectured to by these morally corrupt slimeballs. This is like John Holmes giving instruction in abstinence.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Remember when Clinton (finally) stopped smacking on podiums claiming he never had sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky? The “cast the first stone chirping birds were all out in force for about a month weren’t they?

      Can’t admit he made a mistake and move on, no, you have to cover up and misdirect with an out of context Bible quote.

      They forget the MOST IMPORTANT part of the Jesus parable: “Go now and sin no more.” Jesus didn’t just stick them with the “cast the first stone” line, and then let the sinner off the hook to go back to do whatever she wanted. Jesus calmly advised the woman to sin no more.

      Leave it to Washington scumbags to behave and cover up like they do.

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