Skip to comments.A year in waste: Top examples of government fiscal follies (Golden Hammer ‘winners’)
Posted on 01/01/2014 5:39:08 AM PST by Libloather
3. Medicare and Medicaid
Health care was been a huge issue in 2013, and Congress continues to grapple with how to fix the ailing benefits program. One thing that doesnt help is the millions of dollars in waste uncovered in the programs.
A December investigation found that Medicare payed $24 million for full vials of medicine, even when health care providers were only using part of the vial. Its the kind of thing that happens often with the program, said Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.
This is endemic. This isnt just a one-off thing. This is systemic. This is because doctors and Medicare enrollees are all spending the taxpayers dollars, he said. Its someone elses money, so who cares?
There were lots of other examples this year as well, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spending $17 million on sleep studies that never took place.
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The freeloaders' creed.
stories about waste are the ground floor of good election campaign - followed by how to hold people in government accountable
I nominate Greta & Col. West for waste-fraud czar’s!
What ever happened to Proxmire's "Golden Fleece" Award?
I'm old enough to understand the hammer tie-in, but too young to have observed all of Proxmire's recipients, so I'll speculate that Proxmire's targets were non-agricultural and especially not favored by liberals.
I saw this first hand last week. My M-I-L got a hip replacement. They sent her home with 5 hip-high tanks for Oxygen in case she needed it. She did not need any of it.
When the guy came to pick them up I asked if they were going to put them back in stock. He said that if the seal was not broken, Yes.
I know medicare paid for all 5 canisters and will pay agian for somebody else too.
Billions of dollars to dead social security recipients. Billions to non-essential civilian government employees for doing nothing. Hundreds of millions (in one year) to dead federal civilian employees. Billions for illegal immigrants. $50,000 to fake pig farmers living in apartments. Hundreds of thousands to house a fake EPA secret agent in 5 star hotels. People on social security disability because they aren’t sure of their gender. Unemployment for two years. Millions to countries where the population kills Americans and drags their naked bodies through the streets. Yet.......the only money the Democrats can find to buy votes with is from the retired Veterans.