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Video: ObamaCare contractor still hiring despite having no work
Hot Air ^ | 6/13/2014 | Edward Morrissey

Posted on 06/14/2014 2:55:02 AM PDT by markomalley

The contractor is Serco in Missouri, which we’ve noted in the past as the perfect place to work … if you like being locked down for eight hours a day and playing Pictionary. And hey, there’d be nothing wrong with that, if it weren’t for the fact that Serco will get more than a billion dollars in taxpayer money to process non-existent applications. Exactly one month after the first exposé of Serco’s operation, nothing has changed according to KQHA, including the recruitment:

(video at link)

I wrote about the hiring binge last month, which also included overtime to do even more nothing than what was getting accomplished on regular time. The mystery of this particular waste may be solved by looking at Serco’s contract with CMS:

Serco’s contract with CMS requires a particular level of staffing regardless of the work coming into the facility. If Serco falls below that — presumably measured in man-hours on duty — they can lose their $1.2 billion contract. The OT may well be in play because Serco has trouble getting people to get stuck for eight hours at a stretch with nothing to do, a situation that sounds pleasant until it’s experienced first-hand. (I have had this experience at two different jobs for relatively brief periods, and can attest to the torturous boredom it generates.)

This demonstrates the folly of top-down government control of a market-based industry. No insurance carrier would waste money like this for more than a week or two before shedding jobs and rescaling the effort. Anyone who expected that government control would make this process more efficient should have their heads examined … or better yet, voted out of office.

It’s telling that this problem with Serco has been exposed for a month, and yet CMS has done nothing to stanch the waste of taxpayer dollars. Whistleblowers are claiming that we’re flushing a billion dollars down the drain, and yet the same administration that claimed that insurers wasted too much money on activities other than patient care hasn’t lifted a finger to fix this problem. How much patient care would the $1.2 billion deliver if it wasn’tr being wasted by Serco?

Nor is that the only government-run failure in ObamaCare this week. Remember the federal co-ops that were supposed to compete with traditional insurers and force them to spend more on patient care — co-ops that got taxpayer-backed loans to launch? They missed their enrollment goals by a wide margin:

The data, obtained from each co-op by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, suggests that most of the nonprofits fared poorly as they attempted to sell health insurance policies in the federal Obamacare exchanges.

“Enrollment figures to date raise serious questions about how these co-ops plan on staying solvent and that taxpayers will ever be repaid,” Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. …

If any co-op fails and defaults on its federal loans, taxpayers will have pay for its insolvency. AWhite House report by the Office of Management and Budget projected up to four out of 10 co-ops could eventually face insolvency.

The House committee also estimated that the public cost for the enrolling co-op customers was often immense, as high the $207,000-per-person expense in Tennessee. There, the Community Health Alliance Mutual Insurance Co. received $73 million in loans but was able to enroll only 354 people.

Minuteman Health in liberal Massachusetts received the second-largest loan, $156 million, but was able to enroll only 1,435 customers at a cost of $109,000 per enrollee.

Basically, we’re looking at the Solyndras of health care, based on the arrogance that led Democrats to believe that they knew how to structure the health-insurance market better than health insurers themselves.

TOPICS: Extended News; Government

1 posted on 06/14/2014 2:55:02 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

It will take 25 billion light years for this to catch up to the level we are being SCREWED!

2 posted on 06/14/2014 3:11:13 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: markomalley

Typical government run scam, you need to continue to spend to show it works no matter what

3 posted on 06/14/2014 3:34:18 AM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: markomalley

Just the way liberals love it. Keep hiring even though the organization is not being productive.

4 posted on 06/14/2014 4:19:11 AM PDT by Moorings
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To: markomalley
The OT may well be in play because Serco has trouble getting people to get stuck for eight hours at a stretch with nothing to do, a situation that sounds pleasant until it’s experienced first-hand.

Do they have Interwebs? They could take online college courses.

5 posted on 06/14/2014 4:29:35 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I have a classic sports car.)
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The more employees they hire to do nothing, the more tax dollars Serco gets from Barack "Its Not My Money" Obama.
Plus profligate Obama gave Oregon $304 million to build its defective Obamacare website (which enrolled zero people).

ACTION NOW---There ARE two ways to nail these fraudsters.

Falsifying Government Documents. involves altering, changing, or modifying a document for the purpose of deception.......can also involve forgery and/or passing copies of false documents. Falsifying documents is usually done in connection with broader criminal aims, such as extortion, government fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, financing terrorism........

Types of documents commonly falsified may include:
◾Tax returns and income statements
◾Personal checks
◾Bank account records
◾Business record keeping books
◾Immigration documents (such as visas, passports, etc.)
◾Identification cards and birth certificates

Many different types of acts can be considered as falsifying a document, including:
◾Altering or misrepresenting factual information such as prices or monetary amounts
◾Stating false information when requested to provide truthful statements
◾Forging a signature
◾Using official letterheads without authorization
◾Concealing assets or property WRT obtaining federal/state grants))
◾Knowingly using or distributing a fake document

A person can only be held criminally liable if they are deliberately acting with the intention of deceiving or defrauding another party.

Falsifying documents is a very serious offense and is generally classified as a felony. This means that a person charged with falsifying documents may be subject to the following legal penalties:
◾Having to pay a monetary fine
◾Incarceration in a prison facility

Depending on the gravity of the offense, as well as individual state laws, falsifying documents can result in a prison sentence of 5-10 years. Also, if government documents or authorities were involved, the legal penalties may be more severe. ..... legal penalties may increase with repeat offenses.

The penalty for falsifying government documents is outlined in the Crimes Act of 1958. ==============================================================================================

Time to mobilize the Bank Secrecy Act----to follow the paper trail of govt grant disbursements, and determine how Serco and govt monies changed hands. Taxpayers demand to know the scope and dimension of Serco colluding w/ government insiders in sub rosa deals and who might be personally profiting.

<><> L/E needs to examine Serco's multiple bank accounts.

<><> Joint bank accounts might be used to facilitate the transfer govt funds from one account to another, and/or wo=ire-transferred offshore;

<><> To cover their tracks, fake govt invoices might be created to show that govt money deposited into Serco accounts was being used for legitimate govt purposes.

<><> Financial schemes scheme might be advanced by issuing phony statements of payments from financial sources that actually covered the transfer of govt funds for insiders' personal use and/or for redistribution schemes.


NOTE WELL Under the Bank Secrecy Act, banks are required to establish, implement and maintain programs designed to detect and report suspicious activity indicative of money laundering and other financial crimes. “The Bank Secrecy Act was enacted to protect the public from harm by identifying and detecting money laundering from criminal enterprises, terrorism, tax evasion or other unlawful activities,” the special agent in charge for Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, explained.

Shady banking transactions could be prosecuted under the (1) Bank Secrecy ACT, (2) RICO, and, (3) the Hobbs Act.


<><> L/E should get ahold of: (1) copies of Serco checks, (2) wire transfers, (3) account statements, (4) invoices, (5) bills, (6) delivery tickets, (7) correspondence including snail mail, e-mail, mobile devices, cell phones, (8) contracts, (9) loan agreements, (10) other account books or official records.

L/E should also explore (a) DHS monies paid to brokers, sub- brokers, (b) family members, (c) mortgage brokers, (d) financial managers, and, (e) real estate agents, brokers, and developers.

<><> L/E should scrutinize Serco bank accounts for suspicious activites: (A) large deposits, (B) funds transferred from one account into another, (C) frequent requests for withdrawals.

<><> Bank records might also show diversions to secret LLC accounts, to money launder and to operate personal ventures---or to finance campaign activities (and/or other redistribution schemes favored by the WH).

Tax fraud may also be a factor; facilitated by withdrawals, gift cards purchases, credit card purchases and intra-bank transfers from DHS accounts into personal accounts, campaign accounts, or into redistribution schemes.

<><> A huge tipoff is whether bank withdrawals support and luxurious lifestyle including payments for real estate, investment and stock holdings, jewelry, luxury vehicles, resort travel....... and gifts from luxury outlets for wives and mistresses (and campaign activities, or other redistribution schemes).


Taxpayers demand the Bank Secrecy Act be used to prosecute govt fraud, pronto.

Taxpayers are urged to notify the FBI now.

SUBJECT: Collusion, conspiracy, and bribery
IN RE: financial irregularities
REFERENCE: govt fraud, falsified documents, wire transfers, accounting fraud, etc.

NARRATIVE Taxpayers demand to know the scope and dimension of multiple conspiracies by government insiders to collude in sub rosa deals to personally profit and/or to facilitate redistribution schemes.

OF INTEREST TO LAW ENFORCEMENT The FBI should interrogate individuals for evidence of multiple schemes to falsify documents to further insider schemes. The FBI should investigate any and all official documents submitted by DHS.

Crimes might include---conspiracy, collusion, falsifying offical documents (a felony), money laundering, tax evasion, extorting taxpayers, theft of govt monies, misuse of public office and government positions.

Examine Serco/personnel's tax returns with a fine-tooth comb.....especially entries for "interest income."

6 posted on 06/14/2014 4:36:57 AM PDT by Liz
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To: markomalley

Reminds me of the ol’ Soviet Union. There were 100’s and 100’s of tractors rusting away outside the tractor factories. But everyone had a job. ‘Full employment.’

7 posted on 06/14/2014 4:43:36 AM PDT by Ronaldus Magnus III (Do, or do not, there is no try.)
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To: Tax-chick

“Do they have Interwebs? They could take online college courses.”

Why would they need college?

For that kind of money, it wouldn’t take long to figure out that you could pay people $10,000 to sign up, and pay for the policy, and still over #150,000 off each one!

Remember, they got paid over $200,000 for each enrollee.

Give me a week at those rates and I’d have the entire city of Detoilet signed up!

8 posted on 06/14/2014 4:44:44 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Beagle8U

You could work off Democrat voter registration lists, sign up some dogs. The late Ash, our greyhound, was sent solicitations by the Democrat party.

9 posted on 06/14/2014 4:49:37 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I have a classic sports car.)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus III

Reminds me of dumpsters full of nearly new cars and trucks...

10 posted on 06/14/2014 4:53:42 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: markomalley

"Black Privilege!"

11 posted on 06/14/2014 5:59:27 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Liz

Good stuff there Liz.

It would be easier to bring these people down if everybody decided to stop filing income tax returns and writing a check every Apr. 15th.

Screw em!

12 posted on 06/14/2014 7:56:50 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: unixfox


13 posted on 06/14/2014 8:16:30 AM PDT by Liz
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To: markomalley

This is probably a cost-plus contract, which is ok for high-risk R&D but shouldn’t be used for administrative support.

14 posted on 06/14/2014 10:04:46 AM PDT by expat2
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