Medicare fraud considered most profitable crime in America

Apparently last night CBS’s 60 Minutes did a segment on how a massive fraud was being perpetrated on the American taxpayer by Medicare scammers.   I don’t watch 60 Minutes anymore because it had become so politically correct, but I wish I had seen this show.  Does anyone know if they mentioned how involved various immigrant groups are in the fraud?  Or, is that just one more area where 60 Minutes wasn’t brave enough to venture?

This is from Newsbusters about the program:

“60 Minutes” did a fabulous exposé Sunday on Medicare fraud that should be required viewing for all people who support a government run healthcare program in this country.

The facts and figures presented by CBS’s Steve Kroft were disturbing as were the details concerning how shysters bilk the system for an estimated $60 billion a year.

Kroft said:

In fact, Medicare fraud – estimated now to total about $60 billion a year – has become one of, if not the most profitable crimes in America.

We have on many occasions reported on how various immigrant groups, especially Somalis, have set up “home health care” services which then bill Medicare (Medicaid too) for fraudulent services and supplies.   See here, here, here and here for some of those posts.

This is from an article about Houston health care fraud which I reported on here, but I see the original link is now gone.  I’ll bet Eric Holder’s PC gang at the Justice Department had this removed!

Investigators say one reason Medicare fraud is on the rise in Houston is a steady influx of immigrants who, in some instances, consider gaming the government for benefits an acceptable practice, said one top Justice Department investigator, speaking on condition he would not be identified.

“There’s a real problem of health care fraud in recent immigrant communities — we see it everyday,” the official said. “One of the reasons is you’re looking at people who don’t come up through the educational system, they’re impoverished, they think this country is very rich, and they don’t view taking advantage of a government program as a crime.”

I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the medical transport service, whose poorly maintained van was involved in the death of Burundian refugees in Arizona, is involved in this medicare racket, here.

Also, I would like to know what connection SEIU has with this method of redistributing the wealth since they are so hot on expanding the number of immigrant home health workers and getting them signed up as members of SEIU, here.

There needs to be a  blog exclusively for Medicare/Medicaid fraud, maybe there is one, does anyone know?

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