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Obama to target Medicare and Medicaid fraud

By Michael D. Shear
UPDATED at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday:
Today President Obama will embrace tougher new efforts to fight fraud in Medicare and Medicaid as part of his drive to pass comprehensive changes to the nation's health care system, the White House announced last night.

Officials said the president will sign a presidential memorandum today that directs all federal departments and agencies to expand their use of audits that recapture improper or erroneous payments. They said that could save the government as much as $2 billion over the next three years.

In a health-care speech in St. Louis, Obama will also offer his explicit support for bipartisan legislation aimed at expanding the use of so-called "recapture audits" in government agencies, officials said.

Together, the announcements are intended to show the president's seriousness on two fronts: the willingness to incorporate Republican ideas into his overall plans for health reform, and his desire to confront fraud and waste in government.

The announcement comes as part of an intensifying White House public relations campaign ahead of a legislative conclusion on the health care front, perhaps as early as next week.

Republicans in Congress are likely to embrace the idea of greater action to root out fraud but will reject the idea that such efforts should be tied to Obama's health-care plans.

In remarks prepared for later today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to urge Obama to drop the health-care bill and focus on passing smaller bills like the anti-fraud effort.

"Tackling fraud and abuse is one of the issues that can and should form the basis of a bipartisan, step-by-step approach to health care reform -- not as a hook to drag this monstrous bill over the finish line," McConnell plans to say, according to prepared remarks. "On the contrary, Democrat leaders should leave this bill on the field. Then we can talk about passing common sense ideas like tackling fraud and abuse on their own -- one by one."

By Michael D. Shear  |  March 10, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Health Care  
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Here's who they (Obama and his socialist sheep) want to be their Independent Medicare Advisory Board (IMAB)/ Medicare Fraud Bounty Hunters? See here:

‘DEADLY DOCTORS’ AS POLITICAL APPOINTEES will decide whether we live or die in Obama’s pending health care plan.

One of these political appointees deciding our fate would be Obama’s top medical adviser, Dr Ezekiel Emanuel. Not one to begrudge himself of participation in nepotism, Emanuel just happens to be the brother of White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, who along with Ezekiel, is a dual-citizen of Israel and the US. The brothers Emanuel have as their father, Benjamin Emanuel, a former Israeli terrorist with the Irgun.

Claiming to be made of “tougher stuff” then ordinary mortals, Dr Emanuel, the chief architect of ObamaCare, now pending in Congress as HR 3200, wants to ration our health care before the arbitration of an elite group of Obama’s death panel bureaucrats, between the worthy and the unworthy.

AND WHO ARE THE UNWORTHY according to Emanuel? Senior citizens, the disabled, those with Alzheimer’s disease, pre-school children, those with Down syndrome, the mentally retarded, and those, (in Emanuel’s own words in his Hastings Report), “who are prevented from being or becoming participating citizens.” Sounds like Hitler’s Germany does it not?

Indeed, in Emanuel’s WORDS, in his Hastings Center Report, he clarifies his stance of denying government-funded health care to those with Alzheimer’s disease by adding, “An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.”

View Full Quote Here.

No wonder Obama is in such a rush to get his Health Care Reform Bill rammed through Congress before the August recess. (this was last year when he first tried to slide that piece of crap through)

And before the public finds out about the ‘deadly doctor,’ Ezekiel Emanuel, who is also special adviser to Peter Orzag - Obama’s director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 10, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Sooo, we're supposed to believe Grandma Pe-loser when she asks Americans to TRUST THAT THEY WILL DO THE RIGHT THING AFTER this crap is passed, by allowing for changes in the bill during reconcilliation; when the entire year has been about her, Reid and Obama himself making deals to get their vote?

Well let me give you a few more LIES about changing the bill through reconcilliation- Here's something that these CROOKS knew that most Americans would not be made privy to, because they knew that millions of blind sheep would believe whatever comes out of their corrupt mouths, and won't check the bill out for themselves:

Beginning on page 1,000 of the measure, Section 3403 reads in part: ". it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection."

In other words, if President Barack Obama signs this measure into law, no future Senate or House will be able to change a single word of Section 3403, regardless whether future Americans or their representatives in Congress wish otherwise!! By Panhandle Willy

SOOOO, AGAIN we have these DemonCraps LYING to the American people about their intentions; knowing all the while that whatever passes is Law FOREVER!!! How's that for being PROGRESSIVE?? These ELITIST you know whats are pompous enough to determine our future for ALL TIME!!

Are you kidding me? What happens if this doesn't work out, and THEN the wombat Americans who were for this crap they didn't understand, want it changed?? Well Obama and Reid wants to make sure it will NEVER change, therevy relegating American to a Socialist Democracy for all time.

I hope he, and the rest of these whats die in their sleep, or fall dead. I HATE them for trying to command governmental CONTROL over the economy. Control the economy and the healthcare, control the people. A true Marxist and Socialist move. Great going, Obamabots, great going.

I have an idea- take Your Obama, and move to Greenland. If you want to be led like a dog on a leash by the government, if you are an under achiever looking for handouts, and direction from Big Bro, you are pathetic, and a PARASITE on society.

Just make sure you take the illegal aliens with you, because they are a big part of this crisis as well. Any time you can come undocumented into another country; OR, be a citizen who has no healthcare for what ever reason (and YES, I do agree that they should be regulated, and are opportunists- just not with THIS piece of garbage) and use the emergency room for EVERYTHING, whilst not having the means to pay for your care, or WON'T pay for it- your bill goes to US, the WORKING, TAX PAYING CITIZENS!!

So, if you don't PAY, you don't have a SAY!!

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 10, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

These commenters that referred to outright
total incompetence and Medicare/Medicaid
Fraud and Report Defective Durable Medical
and Oxygen Equipment here in Phoenix AZ are
telling the truth about this problem and
how more and more it looks there is clearly
no Federal Level Oversight in the matter.
So,don't con me Barack Hussein Obama under
your watch the spread of not only Medicare
and Medicaid Fraud but Durable Medical
Equipment Problems and Suppliers sending out Dangerous Defective Oxygen Concentrators and absolutley worthless damn
cheap tubing is rampart with in Arizona's
Non-Profit Mercy Care Advantage HMO Plan,
and their pathetic and incompetent Oxygen
Supplier Preferred Homecare as one of my
own relatives almost choked to death while
he was asleep when the tubing knotted up
and chocked him and he too had water coming
from the concentrator machine and going down into his lungs and Mercy Care Advantage also denied his grievance about
it and so I ask who the Hell is getting paid off here that this dangerous even
deadly situations go on now then? Obama
get rid of your damn Tax Cheater Sec of
HHS and Useless US Attorney General Eric
Holder and throw these greedy creeps in
jail where they belong here and now. Stop
Lying Obama About You Cracking Down On
Medicare/Medicaid Fraud! Vote Obama Out!

Posted by: sandy5274 | March 10, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

How funny. The cost of the health care bill will be $1T over ten years and one of Obamas key components to pay for it is by reducing fruad and waste. Let's see, we will save $2B over the next 3 years. If you annualize that for 10 years it is about $7B or about .7% of the added expense. Wow, I am feeling so much better about how this plan will be defict neutral.

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Posted by: nikejordans1 | March 10, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Obama said he wanted to use "High Tech" bounty hunters to root out Medicare and Medicaid fraud. What that means is that the "bounty Hunters" get a percentage of what they disallow. That means they will disallow medical care in "hindsight" after the care was provided and get to keep from 10 to 30% of what they disallow. This is bogus. They are doing that now and it is creating havoc in the Health Care industry with providers. The provider provides the Medical Service and gets paid by Medicare. Then, 6 months later, a "high tech" bounty hunter comes in and reviews the medical record. The bounty hunter says the care was “not medically necessary”, or could have been provided in a lower level setting, the record did not demonstrate medical necessity, the proper codes were not used, or some other BS technicality which is usually not true. Medical care is provided in good faith and should be paid for as agreed. If you think that the care should not be provided then you should tell the provider "up front". If you tell them before they provide the care then they can tell the patient that Medicare or Medicaid said that the care that we, the patient and the doctor think you need, is not medically necessary so they will not pay for it. If you want the care, the government says, you must pay for it yourself. They are not saying that you cannot have the care if you want it, but they are saying they will not pay for it. OK. What if you tell your doctor that you believe the government and not him or her and you get deathly ill and die because the treatment as it turns out was medically necessary? Can you hold the government responsible? Answer, no.
I say if the government wants to do this fairly, they should deny coverage for what they say are medically unnecessary procedures or care and then be held responsible if they are wrong and went against the front line medical provider’s advice.
Is that fair? Yes. You cannot be making life or death decisions without being held accountable.
How do I know this, I worked in Health Care Finanace for 45 years before my retirement last month.

Posted by: nychap44 | March 10, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

What a joke.
The biggest fraud perpetrated on this country in its history is attacking penny ante medicare and medicaid fraud.

Incompetent Odumbo personifies the term fraud.
What a disgusting failure.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 10, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

If Barack Obama wants to target repeated
Medidare and Medicaid Fraud then when is
Obama going to stop a major durable medical
equipment provider here in Arizona that has
Medicare/Medicaid Contracts,Preferred Homecare from selling Defective Invacare
Oxygen Concentrators that force water up the tubing and on into the Oxygen Dependent
Patients lungs and stop Mercy Care Advantage Plan from covering it up and even
denying it's members grievances about it
now then? This incompetence and type of
Medicare and Medicaid Fraud can easily kill
patients that use it. So come on Obama stop
this one,or shut up here and now Obama!

Posted by: carleen09 | March 10, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

45upnorth wrote>>> No only do we not fix Medicare,

Health care reform will fix Medicare.
Why do Righties continue lying?

Posted by: angie12106 | March 10, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Sounds good but why don't they start in the Administration! The fraud, cheating, tax avoidence, ethics violations etc. are rampant.

More do as I say not as I do!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | March 10, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Yes! go after the Medicare and Medicaid fraudsters.
Pres. Obama - doing a great job!

Posted by: angie12106 | March 10, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm truly beginning to believe Obama is unfit to be President. He's all over the map! We definitely don't need another health care policy when he hasn't fixed what we already have, e.g. Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security! The guy is inept.

Posted by: 45upnorth | March 10, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Health care legislation keeps getting worse. No only do we not fix Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security; but now Obama wants another entitlement program? Obama doesn't care about the country or you or me. He's only interested in bringing our country to its knees during a bad economy with more spending programs. I say the guy is unfit to be President as things seem to be getting worse and this health legislation will not make it better.

Posted by: 45upnorth | March 10, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight......we're trying to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a president that also is exempt from it and hasn't read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that's broke.

What the hell could possibly go wrong?

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | March 10, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Here it is again. The American people deserve and should demand the exact same health-dental plans, coverage and costs that ALL members of congress and their families receive at taxpayer expense. What is so hard about this?

And if Obama wants to investigate fraud he should look at why it is paying over $4,450 for census takers in DC while others places are paid $450-$850?

Also why did Obama direct a non compete $3 billion electronic health records contract to his college buddy?

Who is kidding who?

Posted by: KBlit | March 10, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Right, just like they target ACORN fraud.

In actuality, the only thing this disturbing administration targets is the right wing of America.

First, Obama attacks - unsuccessfully - FoxNews and now Drudge.

Also unsuccessfully.

When will this weakling realize he is the dumbest guy in the room and keep his mouth shut?

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 10, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

So,let me be clear here, Comrade from Kenya
Marxist Dictator Shyster Lawyer for ACORN.
Ex-Community Organizer in Chicago,Failed US
President Barack Hussein Obama is going to
crack down on Medicare and Medicaid fraud,
you say? Your Joking Aren't You WAPO? I will believe it when I see it happen and
scam artists that are selling defective
Medical Oxygen Concentrators and Defective
Tubing made in Mexico are behind bars,as
just one example of the problem,along with
how certain HMOs like Mercy Care Advantage
are trying to cover up for it and their own
incompetence in handling grieveances over it. Sure Sure Tell Me The Obama Tax Cheater
Sec of Health & Human Services Katleen Selebius and Obama's Phony Baloney Sleazy
Fake US Attorney General Eric Holder are
going to crack down on Medicare/Medicaid
Fraud here now WAPO. WAPO Is Covering Up
For Obama,Holder and Selibieus folks.

Posted by: carleen09 | March 10, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

The scammers have found out how easy it is to get a Medicare billing account, even though they have absolutely no real customers.
Use of a P.O. box ought to be the first tip-off to a rip-off.

Why isn't DHHS doing more intensive investigations of those 'businesses' to whom they give Medicare billing accounts? Before AND after the billing account is set up?

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Posted by: loveshoppingus | March 10, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

The government should investigate those law firms promising to provide and work for obtaining disabilities, like those TV ads show. They should also investigate another TV ads promising to deliver expensive self powered wheel chairs for nothing or money back guarantee. These are the roots of Medicare and Medicaid frauds.
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