Ah, Medicare fraud. In New York the Russian mafia has been running a Medicare/Medicaid/Insurance racket for years. Don’t ask me how I know. I just do. In addition, in Houston, a network of Mexican gangs colluding with doctors and lawyers ran a Workers Comp and PI racket for years. And then, Texas passed tort reform, changed WC reimbursement law and cut the knees out from them. It was so awesome. The docs and lawyers who were coked up, hooker loving mobsters got put out of business in one day. The legit docs around here laughed at their expense.
The problem with Obama and his ilk is that they’ll use the full force of the Feds to go after fraud but they won’t also deal with the garbage that the laws allow. They don’t want to piss off the Trial Lawyers. And so the scams will get worse. There’s a lot of money to be made.
36 arrested in Medicare scams totaling $251 million
By Kelli Kennedy ASSOCIATED PRESS
Friday, July 16, 2010
In a separate Brooklyn case, authorities indicted six patients who shopped their Medicare numbers to various clinics. More than 3,744 claims were submitted on behalf of one woman in the past six years. The patients did not receive the services billed to Medicare, authorities said.
Today’s arrests illustrate how health care fraud schemes can replicate virally and migrate rapidly across communities, said Daniel R. Levinson, inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees Medicare.
Federal authorities launched a strike force in Miami in 2007 to target the problem. The program has since expanded to seven cities and is responsible for more than 720 indictments that collectively have billed the Medicare program for more than $1.6 billion.
Martin said she opposes Obama’s health care plan for philosophical, not parochial reasons, and after his speech, she caught the president’s attention.
“I didn’t clap and I didn’t smile, and I just sort of held firm to my beliefs and held my tongue so I didn’t get into any trouble,” she recalled. “And I think that, being in the front row, he noticed that because when he came down off the stairs and started shaking hands, when he got to me, he said, ‘Thanks for coming,’ and he looked at me and said, ‘Are you okay?’ And I said, ‘Yes sir, I just don’t support your bill’.”
Ingrid Martin said she then entered into about a 2-minute-long debate reminiscent of Obama’s meeting with another Ohioan, Joe Wurzelbacher (a.k.a. “Joe the Plumber“), telling him she worries about the long-term implications of his sweeping legislation. She told the president he was focused on insurance reform, as opposed to the rising cost of health care, which she believes to be the fundamental problem. Martin stressed her view of the need for tort reform. She also noted: “He said things like, ‘Medicare is not going to be affected by this bill,’ which is not right.”
When Obama said that his bill addressed her concerns, “I just kind of shook my head and said, ‘I don’t believe it does’ — oh my gosh, I’m calling the president a liar,” she added with a nervous laugh. Obama then took Martin’s business card and promised to send her information on the bill. While she was not persuaded to change her mind and support Obama’s policy, she was impressed with him for engaging her. “He took the time to stop and listen, which I appreciated,” she said.
Matt has much more at the link.
Why is it that common citizens are the ones asking these tough questions and bringing up the obvious?