Thanks to a constant barrage of distractions the disaster that is Medicare is overlooked. This is unfortunate because to many progressives the Medicare entitlement is a success even though it’s going bankrupt. This is even more annoying considering that progressives want to take over health care completely, which is infinity more complex. The vast government program is flooded with fraud. A couple of years ago I wrote about the problem.
The Medicare and Medicaid programs cost the United States $627 billion in 2007 and the cost of the program is expected to double in the next decade. A 20 percent fraud rate would add up to nearly $125 billion dollars a year (that’s a low estimate). How much is $125 billion? It’s enough to cover costs in Iraq for a year and it’s more than the GDP of Ecuador, Bulgaria, Lithuanian and Croatia.
This week’s Economist has a great article that sheds even more light on Medicare fraud.
The scale of the region’s fraud is mind-boggling, according to a series of reports in the Miami Herald. Florida mental-health clinics submitted $421m in bills to Medicare last year: about four times more than Texas, which has 30% more residents. A shocking proportion of Florida fraud is conducted by Cuban exiles, just-arrived and penniless, who quickly amass vast fortunes. Several have escaped jail by jumping bail and fleeing-back to Cuba.
How’s that for an immigration success story? Does anyone believe that Cuban immigrants are the only ones who figured out that the government is giving away money? Why would anyone believe the state is capable of running a massive entitlement program efficiently? The amount of faith “progressives” have in government dwarfs the average Christian’s faith in Christianity. No one can prove that Jesus never lived or wasn’t resurrected; however, it’s a fact that no large government bureaucracy has ever worked efficiently or was sustainable in the long-run.