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‘Staggering’: Government making $100B in improper payments every year
Fox News ^ | July 09, 2014 | (With AP)

Posted on 07/09/2014 9:52:28 PM PDT by Olog-hai

The U.S. government is making roughly $100 billion in improper payments every year thanks to a combination of fraud, clerical errors and insufficient IRS enforcement, according to testimony at a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

“The amounts here are absolutely staggering,” Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said.

The problem of erroneous payments—largely from Medicare and other health care programs—is not a new one. But Mica said at the hearing of a House oversight subcommittee that federal agencies reported over $100 billion in improper payments during each of the last five years.

That’s roughly what the Obama administration spent on the Afghanistan war and other security operations last year. …

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: clericalerror; eitc; fraud; irs

1 posted on 07/09/2014 9:52:28 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Nachum
Not surprising.
2 posted on 07/09/2014 9:55:15 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Olog-hai

Charlie Rangel would call this “chump change”. All taxpayer dollars are “chump change” to the chump.

3 posted on 07/09/2014 10:04:36 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: Olog-hai

How much of this was EITC payments to illegals?

4 posted on 07/09/2014 10:09:30 PM PDT by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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To: Olog-hai

Democrat slush funds are expensive these days

5 posted on 07/09/2014 10:30:30 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Exactly, when its that big of a number, it’s not an accident.

6 posted on 07/09/2014 10:38:27 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: GeronL

When the dollar gets to be worth nothing, how will they be able to do anything with it, I wonder?

7 posted on 07/09/2014 10:42:35 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Wait, so all those emails about an African prince with money to give away WERE REAL???

8 posted on 07/09/2014 10:45:40 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Olog-hai

The government is throwing money around like a drunk. They are drunk on power and success. Keep praying that God will end this nightmare by the end of 2014, if not before. Still scratching my head as to why it is so hard to get people to come together to pray for our nation. No politician is going to turn this around without the help of God, and that will only happen of we ask for it with repentant hearts.

9 posted on 07/09/2014 11:13:47 PM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Jet Jaguar; All

It’s hard to detect fraud when the sequester cuts enforcement budgets along with everything else. When my husband was dying we had Medicare covered Home Hospice. Later when I looked at the death certificate, “died at home” had been erased and “died in hospital” Xed in its place. I phoned Medicare and asked it this might have been done to claim hospital costs that did not exist. Don’t know the results.

10 posted on 07/09/2014 11:21:01 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Olog-hai

Thugs are being made rich. Just a horrible situation with this govt.

11 posted on 07/10/2014 12:00:59 AM PDT by Carry me back
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To: Olog-hai
So what is anyone going to do about it? We've know for a long time about the waste in Fedgov spending, but bureaucrats keep doing it because they are in federal unions and just don't care as long as they get their paycheck and get their budget projections.

What's the solution other than to outlaw government unions, which will never happen?

12 posted on 07/10/2014 12:20:07 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Olog-hai


13 posted on 07/10/2014 12:29:10 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: gleeaikin

Our health care is total gov’t controlled. My last gastro visit they paid him a whopping TWENTY EIGHT CENTS between Medicare and Tricare Life.

Tricare Life (Ret, Military over 65)
DOD MANDATE 4/14/2014For Daily Medicines

is forcing us to use either Base whose drugs are limited by size of base and is not wheel chair or handicap friendly or Express Scripts MANDATED Tricare Life. 4/14/14. Express Scripts is a sorry excuse of a provider. You never know if your order is right, what generic, what manufacture, or what country. All stuffed into your mail box UN PHOTO ID SIGNED FOR making them available to thieves and meth makers to steal. Or Neighborhood kids to access.

That is nearly $2K worth of meds every 3 months. With no guarantee that a DAW script will be DAW. And for me my Synthroid has to be Name Brand, I’m allergic to the generic.

I want to know how this company with a history of defrauding government and consumers got this multi BILLION $$ DOD contract? Money trail some where.

Express Scripts Accused Of Defrauding State And Consumers Out Of Millions Of Dollars

NY attorney general sues Express Scripts, Benefits firm accused of inflating prices, keeping up to $100 Million

Express Scripts Extortion Scheme Widens

Express Scripts complaints

ES Customer Service ranking

Express Scripts RIP OFF

ES buys out Medco
29 Billion

Military Waste and Fraud Continue In the Middle of the Government Shutdown HERE IS YOUR PROBLEM : PALM GREASING

Washington’s Blog

14 posted on 07/10/2014 2:11:11 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to thBe e Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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15 posted on 07/10/2014 2:15:29 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Jet Jaguar

Good God. Really, anyone who looks at this and is shocked has no idea why conservatives are against big government, because this is inherent in the nature of big government.

It is inherent in it. It doesn’t HAVE to be, is.

I think about it in the same terms as the Soviet destruction of the Aral Sea. Caused by large government, and the inherent bad decisions they necessarily make (with their damned ‘good intentions’) I see a figurative parallel.

It was killed by the USSR trying to drain it dry for irrigation (Draining our coffers for pathetically useless and destructive social programs) it turned out that something like 80% of the water drained away was wasted due to shoddy pipes and irrigation design that allowed water (money) to leak away unnoticed at every single step of the way.

But that is the way big government works.

16 posted on 07/10/2014 2:41:23 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by it"s weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: rlmorel

A million here, a million there, pretty soon we’re talking about real money.

17 posted on 07/10/2014 3:43:17 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Olog-hai

$1,000 per family expense. No big deal to rich liberals in government.

18 posted on 07/10/2014 4:21:52 AM PDT by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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To: GailA; All

I don’t know what to say except sympathize. When I was taking my late husband to VA for Alzheimer’s, we went to the pharmacy room to pick up his perscriptions and paid the copay. Now that he is gone I do the same at Kaiser Permanente for my thyroid meds. If you have to use this delivery service, why couldn’t they arrange to deliver to the base with a designated pick up point where people would present ID for their meds once they are delivered. UPS has tracking system, why not these guys.

19 posted on 07/11/2014 12:46:55 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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