Guillermo Denis Gonzalez was released from prison in Florida in 2004 after serving 12 years for murder. By the end of 2006, he owned a health care business officially licensed by Medicare.
This August, the Miami Herald reported that Gonzalez pled guilty to filing $586,953 in phony Medicare claims for supplies that were never given to any actual patients — but this was only after he was arrested for murdering and dismembering another victim, to which he also confessed.
While it’s shocking that government policing efforts are so lax for Medicare that even a convicted murderer can be granted a license to sell equipment and file claims, Gonzalez is actually a small player compared to other cheats. Last June, for instance, the Wa Post ran a story about a high school dropout who scammed $105 million from the federal government by filing 140,000 fraudulent Medicare claims, buying herself a Mercedes-Benz and two condos...
Earlier this week, the Hill reported that House Democrats were discussing rebranding their so-called “public option” as “Medicare Part E,” or “Medicare for Everyone,” in hopes that it would be an easier sell. And on Thursday, ABC News cited sources who said that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid planned to include some form of a government plan in Senate legislation....
...Ironically, President Obama has insisted that he will cut several hundred billion dollars out of Medicare’s budget without affecting benefits simply by eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse — yet he simultaneously makes the case that creating a new government plan is necessary to improve efficiency in the health care system.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:17 PM on Oct. 25, 2009
Answer by mancosmomma at 5:19 PM on Oct. 25, 2009
I'd like to see them really eliminate waste and fraud, BEFORE they attempt to take on more.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:21 PM on Oct. 25, 2009
Answer by LiliM at 5:28 PM on Oct. 25, 2009
Answer by lovinangels at 6:46 PM on Oct. 25, 2009
The fact that 1 or 2 ins co control the markets in 40 of the 50 states show that.
Open up the competition beyond state lines.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:13 PM on Oct. 25, 2009
Answer by stacymomof2 at 8:58 PM on Oct. 25, 2009
Answer by Sisteract at 9:09 PM on Oct. 25, 2009
Answer by mancosmomma at 12:04 AM on Oct. 26, 2009