When a government employee lies on their timesheet, that is theft. Theft of our money. Well, some US Patent Office employees just got caught lying on their timesheets to the tune of ~300,000 hours totaling $18.3 million. That’s a lot of waste. Of my money and yours.
Government waste and fraud is always a problem, whether it’s military waste (read my book), Medicare fraud, Social Security fraud, or any number of ways people bilk our government, it is all wrong. Especially by employees.
Should we prosecute vigorously to deter future offenders or just wave our hands in disgust and say that the government wastes so much that this is just a drop in the bucket?
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I have suggested that we look to provide Medicare for all, and those who want to “opt-out” buy private health insurance. Therefore all Americans have health coverage and those who don’t like what the government offers can visit a hospital, doctor, or caregiver of their choice on a plan of their choice.
A key benefit of this plan is actually very good for business as it gets companies out of the business of supplying health care for employees, unless they see private plans as a competitive advantage. For example, a mine in the United States must provide health insurance in a difficult, worldwide, competitive market, whereas its competitors in other countries do not have that line item expense. Medicare for all spreads that cost, in a more efficient manner, across 310 million people.
For all the appropriate concern about government inefficiency and waste, Medicare has proven to be a highly efficient system with only a 2% administrative overhead compared to the 15-20% for private health insurers.
The big knock against Medicare is the level of fraud. Somehow a number of unscrupulous individuals think it is better to defraud the federal government instead of private insurance companies, to the tune of $48 billion per year or a 10-15% fraud rate instead of 1.0-1.5% fraud in private insurance.
To make matters much, much worse. A New York Times article called, “The President Wants You to Get Rich on Obamacare” exposes beyond what I have suspected and discussed on-air many times, ObamaCare is a giveaway to health insurers and pharmaceutical companies. The NYT piece points out how many people will get rich because of PPACA.
“Scully then segued to his main point, one he has been making in similarly handsome dining rooms across the country: No matter what investors thought about Obamacare politically — and surely many there did not think much of it — the law was going to make some people very rich.”
“Billions could flow from Washington to Wall Street, indeed.”
This is not how basic health care should be approached, it isn’t healthy for the average person and it isn’t healthy for our country. It is time to revise PPACA to become Medicare for all and allow an opt-out which requires purchasing private health insurance.
As I argued on air many times, this stupid government slowdown was stupid. People furloughed still get paid (see page 10). The taxpayer will now pay for work NOT received. Absolutely asinine why the Republicans thought this was the right approach when disagreeing with PPACA. Plus the whole approach of an end-around legislation is bad for our already malfunctioning government in Washington, D.C.
And then there is the pork stuffed into this bill (see page 13, section 123, page 20 section 176, etc.). How in the world can the people supposedly serving us see this as the time to tack on extra spending?!? I am outraged at the hubris of those in Washington who see fit to spend more at this moment. Debate the merits of the extra spending, don’t hide it away in this bill.
Anyone else getting tired of this style of politics from the people in Washington?