Ninety-one people including doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals have been charged with committing $430million in Medicare fraud in seven U.S. cities, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday. An investigation coordinated by the U.S. Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services uprooted alleged false billing schemes involving $230million in home health services, over $100million in mental health services, and $49million from ambulance transportation. Charges range from healthcare fraud and conspiracy to wire fraud, kickback violations, identity theft and money laundering. The number and cost of the alleged fraud makes it the largest bust of its kind
Comments: "Trend"? It's been going on for as long as I can remember!
OK, you earn a little gold star for catching 91 people who scored $430 million over a 5 year period. Since we spent $519 billion in 2009 alone, this comes out to less than 0.02 percent of taxpayer money spent on Medicare. I listen to Obama brag about how little Medicare charges for administration and zero for profit. I think I'd rather pay a private company 5% for these if I could save the 20% that is lost to fraud.
It's a well known fact that private insurance does a better job at catching fraud. They'll go after anything that smacks of fraud. The goobermint only goes after the 'big stuff', letting millions and millions go on the 'small stuff', which really adds up to more than the big stuff.
Kathleen Sebelius knew that Wednesday´s U.S. House hearing about the problems with the Obamacare website was going to be tough--but perhaps she wasn´t prepared for just how tough. The Health and Human Services Secretary, who is in charge of implementing the president´s signature domestic policy, could be heard on a hot microphone as she turned to an aide and said ´Don´t do this to me,´ during a pause in the questioning. It´s not entirely clear what ´this´ she was referring to, however, she was in the midst of fielding questions about whether she would sign up for an Obamacare insurance exchange for
Malls have been a staple of American culture for decades, representing suburban consumerism in its most basic form. In a new book called Malls Across America, photos taken during the 1980s reveal how little has changed in the esthetic of these shopping meccas--although the fashion and hairstyles of shoppers tell a different story. Photographer Michael Galinsky was just 20 when he began driving across the country in 1989, capturing these pictures from shopping malls in different states for a college art project. In an extract from his book, Mr Galinsky writes that his college photography teacher at New York University encouraged him
IN NO area of public policy does membership of the European Union limit our country’s right to pursue its national interest more than in the matter of immigration. All mainstream political parties now admit that immigration throughout the early years of this century has been too high. Much too high. Few people any longer bother to deny that the huge volume of immigration, especially from the so-called A8 new EU member states, has placed enormous strains on society. Youth unemployment began its long climb to nearly a million when the floodgates were opened to incomers from Poland, Lithuania and the
The US National Security Agency (NSA) has been hacking data links connecting Yahoo and Google´s data centres, according to leaks by Edward Snowden. Millions of records were gleaned daily from the internet giants´ internal networks, documents published by the Washington Post indicate. The agency´s director said it had not had access to the companies´ computers. Gen Keith Alexander told Bloomberg TV: "We are not authorised to go into a US company´s servers and take data." But correspondents say this is not a direct denial of the latest claims. The documents cited in the latest Snowden leaks suggest that the NSA
President Barack Obama offered a defiant defence of his healthcare reforms today, making light of the problems plaguing the Obamacare website and challenging criticism that the law would force people off their existing insurance plans. Hours after his health secretary admitted that the roll out of Obamacare had been a "debacle", the president travelled to Boston to make an aggressive pitch for his reforms. Mr Obama invoked Massachusetts´s experiment with near-universal healthcare, passed by his former election rival Mitt Romney, saying he was confident that his plan would work "because Massachusetts has shown that the model works".
Rasmussen has released a striking new poll today on the Benghazi debacle and how it might impact Hillary Clinton’s likely candidacy in the 2016 presidential race. The poll comes in the wake of a CBS “60 Minutes” programme broadcast last Sunday, which gave new details about the killing of former US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, including an interview with a British security officer who witnessed the attack by al-Qaeda terrorists. The show brought home to millions of American viewers the extent to which the US compound in Benghazi had not been adequately protected, despite a series of prior warnings.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been testifying today on the technical problems that have undermined the roll out of Obamacare. The website is a disaster. [Snip] Needless to say, the government knew about the technical problems long before the roll out began. The Obama administration at first denied this, despite a) complaints from insurance companies and b) that it actually crashed during a pre-launch test. But in case anyone doubts that God has a sense of humour, he sent a last minute gremlin to prove once and for all just how much of a joke the website
So Barack Obama has been bumped off the top spot of the annual Forbes list of the 72 people on the planet – one for every 100m of population--by the Russian president Vladimir Putin. Of course this is a cheap publicity stunt by Forbes to draw attention to their list, so I´m guilty of falling for that, but it is also yet another clear indicator of how rapidly Mr Obama´s star is waning both at home and abroad. No doubt, Mr Obama in theory has more projectable power, both hard and soft, at his disposal than Mr Putin but Mr
The American spy agency monitored telephone calls made to and from the clerical residence in Rome where the then Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio stayed during the conclave, the secret election at which cardinals chose him as pontiff. The claims were made by Panorama, an Italian weekly news magazine, which said that the NSA monitored the telephone calls of many bishops and cardinals at the Vatican in the lead-up to the conclave, held in the Sistine Chapel. The information gleaned was then reportedly divided into four categories – “leadership intentions”, “threats to financial system”, “foreign policy objectives” and “human rights”.
Chinese officials have captured several suspects in connection with Monday´s deadly car crash in Tiananmen Square, state media report. Police have described the incident as a "terror attack" for the first time, state broadcaster CCTV said. Police had been looking for at least eight people, mostly from the restive Xinjiang region, earlier reports said. The incident, in which a vehicle crashed into a crowd and burst into flames, killed five. "The arrests were made 10 hours after the incident, which has now been identified as a terrorist attack," CCTV said on its verified microblog account. At least five suspects in relation to the incident
Prince Charles courted controversy last night by blaming the Syrian conflict on mismanagement of the country’s natural resources. In a speech to leading members of the Islamic community, he claimed President Assad’s bloody war against his own people was in part caused by drought and mishandling of the rural economy. The prince blamed the same problem for other recent global conflicts, and although he did not name any in particular, many will take them to include Britain’s forays in Iraq and Afghanistan. Charles, who recently sparked division after hitting out at Britain’s ‘failing’ pensions industry, said:
New documents have been released showing that one of the top contractors warned President Obama´s team that the health care website was facing fatal flaws in the weeks before it was launched. In the September 6 report, the tech contractors explicitly lay out the fact that they have ´limited testing timeframes´ and classify it in the highest of terms, saying that it was a ´near certainty´ that there would be problems as a result. They go on to warn of the dangers that lie in only testing ten predetermined scenarios and a lack of both time and necessary engineering programs.
From Florida to California, consumers are getting notices their health plans are cancelled. They were promised they could keep their plan if they liked it. That was a lie. They’ve been duped and dropped. The liar is none other than the President of the United States. On June 15, 2009, President Obama told a town hall meeting that “No matter how we reform healthcare, we will keep this promise…. if you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
President Barack Obama is facing fresh attacks for his pledge that Americans who like their current healthcare plans can keep them under Obamacare, as reports pile up of thousands of Americans facing cancellation notices. Accusations that the pledge was misleading are potentially a deeper threat to Obama than the website glitches that have plagued Healthcare.gov since its October 1 launch and allowed only a trickle of people to sign up on new federal insurance exchanges. Obama has downplayed the problems with the website, saying it´s like a cash register not working, and has stressed that the underlying product of the
Food stamp recipients face a massive benefit cut set to kick in when stimulus funds expire Friday. The nationwide cut “is equivalent to about 16 meals a month for a family of three,” according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis using the USDA’s “Thrifty Food Plan.” CBPP called the roughly $5 billion annual cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program “unprecedented” in “depth and breadth.” “If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food,” Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank..
Meghan McCain said she’s already defied the odds by not disappearing from the public stage after her father’s failed 2008 presidential campaign, and that part of the reason is some regard her as the new face of the Republican Party. “People project onto me what they want me to be,” said Ms. McCain, the daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain, in Politico. “If they want me to be this spoiled, crass senator’s daughter, then they will create that and say that to be on Twitter and write articles on me.” Others, meanwhile, “think I’m the second coming of the new
"There´s a mental health problem in Congress," says actor and liberal activist Sean Penn. The president could solve the problem "by committing them by executive order," Penn told CNN´s Piers Morgan Monday night. Asked if Penn would have "people like Ted Cruz" committed, Penn said, "He is my American brother. I won´t -- I think we should take care of him, he is in, he´s the trouble." "Well, actually have him committed," Morgan followed up. "Yeah, I think it´s a good idea," Penn said. Penn, in a rambling way, also identified a "lack of education" as a "huge problem that we´re dealing with
It was a spasm of violence that stunned residents: some 200 black youths raising hell - what police called a full-blown riot - in Austin, Texas. Angry black youths inexplicably converged by the Highland Mall, near an iconic haunted house attraction, and walked atop parked cars, fought among themselves, and hurled rocks at some 30 arriving police officers.(snip)In their reporting on the riot, Austin´s media outlets followed a widely accepted rule of mainstream journalism today: they failed to mention that the rioters were black. Yet many Austin residents surmised as much -- and their suspicions were confirmed when mug shots were
In sad news from the land of McCain, “Raising McCain” host and McCain family scion Meghan McCain said in an interview with ABC and Yahoo News that her father, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), was “frustrated” and “depressed” by the Tea Party. Meghan termed the Tea Party the “hyper-conservative wing.” She said, “We’re both frustrated with the idea that only the hyper-conservative wing of the party is going to represent the masses.” The last time dad was this depressed, Meghan reported, was after he lost the presidency to then-Senator Barack Obama. Meghan said, “He is so depressed. He is so downtrodden. The way
On Monday, NBC News reported that President Obama’s administration knew for three years that Americans would lose their current insurance under Obamacare. The story quickly became the lead at the Drudge Report, making it the hottest political story on the Internet immediately. For several hours, there was no problem. Then, late at night, the story was pulled, the link was changed thereby breaking the Drudge link, and stealth edits were made to the piece. In particular, one key paragraph met the cutting room floor: None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that
It’s just one tweet, but the sheer mendacity requires its own post. With the media finally in “now it can be told” mode since Obamacare passed and President Obama was reelected, pretty much everyone is admitting what all of us knew four years ago— that no, not everyone would be able to keep their plans if they liked their plans. And, yes, the Obama administration knew it just as sure as its critics did. It was a lie and an obvious one, but the administration, much of the media, and Obamacare supporters happily acted as if it were true and happily
Ronan Farrow is already in MSNBC mid-season form. Farrow, the son of actress Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, is set to debut his own MSNBC talk show early next year. His latest political comments, though, find him boosting the image of the Clintons in a way that even the far-left network might not embrace. They´re nimble politicians. Also I think that they represent a style of honesty that the public craves right now. And that´s reflected in the numbers. I think people are tired of the old school politicking, and when a politician comes out and says, “Actually, I changed my
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, is telling a Senate panel Tuesday that states must clarify their "stand your ground" self-defense laws. The laws, adopted in some form by at least 22 states, generally cancel a person´s duty to retreat in the face of a serious physical threat. But the 2012 shooting of Fulton´s unarmed son, Trayvon Martin, 17, and the acquittal of George Zimmerman this year provided evidence that "stand your ground" laws can be confusing and applied inconsistently, she said. "By being unclear in when and how it is applied, stand your ground in its current form is far
Conservatives are expressing shock and outrage that the Obama administration knew that many people in the individual insurance market would not be able to keep their plans once the Affordable Care Act took effect. Such shock is not surprising; overblown outrage is the stock and trade of conservative politics these days. But here´s what conservatives won´t tell you, lest it undermine their theatrics: Many insurance plans are shutting down because they don´t meet the higher bar of quality benefits required under Obamacare, and of those people who lose access to their plans, many will pay less and all will have better