December 1, 2009
One of the claims made by Democrats for holding down costs of their health care reform bills is they will cut waste, fraud and abuse from Medicare. If there is so much waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, why hasn't something been down about it before?
As the Washington Times reported yesterday, Medicare fraud is a multi-billion dollar business preying on an ever-increasing number of retiring baby boomers who often are being charged for medical treatments and products they don't need and for services they don't receive.
Analysts inside and outside of government question whether these savings will ever be found. Despite growing efforts to crack down on fraud, abuses continue to grow. Of course they do. It's a government program. It's easier to kill a vampire than a government program, which is why this health care "reform" bill needs to be defeated and the several other proposals that would maintain high quality while addressing the flaws in the current system considered.
More spending will mean more fraud, waste and abuse.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.