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  •  But much more theft. Have you been (0+ / 0-)

    paying attention to all the medical crime rings being rolled up by Holder?

    About 10% has been ripped off each year — before Obama, far outstripping the insurers take for private insurers.

    I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

    by samddobermann on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 06:24:06 PM PDT

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    •  The insurers are taking 18-25%. (1+ / 0-)
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      Double or more what medicare loses to fraud.

      It's also important to remember - not every medicare fraud involves PT's getting nothing.  I know that seems like some fine hair to split, but I've worked in the industry.

      It's not "10% fraud".  It's 10% or so which turns out on audit not to have been covered.

      That doesn't mean fraud.   Sometimes it means that a provider can't find the medical records they were supposed to have.

      Now, those providers should have to pay back what they owe.  It's like not being able to find proper receipts to support some of your tax deductions - it doesn't mean you committed fraud but it does mean you have to pay back the cash and some penalties.

      Actually fraud is only 2-3% of total spending, and it's roughly the same in the private market.

      Thinking the "food stamp challenge" teaches you about being poor is like thinking a camping trip will give you insight into being homeless.

      by JesseCW on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 07:24:52 PM PDT

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