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Thursday
Jun252009

More Medicare fraud as Baucus looks for ways to tax us

(Washington D.C.) Montana's senior Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) listen during the first of three roundtable discussions on health care reform. Baucus is leading the charge to overhaul the nation's health care system. Baucus told committee members. "Our economy is in crisis, and health care reform is the only way we are going to get it back on track. What we hammer out at these roundtables is going to be the cornerstone of the legislation that we pass in coming months." Note the repeated use of the term ‘crisis’ by those crisis-loving Democrats. Note the ‘crisis’ didn’t begin until the Democrats regained control of Congress 3 years ago. I pinpoint the crisis as beginning with the leaked letter Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wrote about IndyMac, just in time for the 2008 elections. [Photo from Sen. Baucus’ Senate website]On the heels of President Barack Obama’s ABC-sponsored healthcare pitch, the FBI’s investigative skills have uncovered another $100 million dollars in Medicare fraud spanning 5 states. A Dept. of Justice news release said 8 Miami residents have been charged. The release at the FBI website actually names some of those who are charged in Miami. Michel De Jesus Huarte, 38, Ramon Fonseca, 45,Vicente Gonzalez, 38, Alyd Dazza, 45, Monika Blacio, 41, Ricco Dazza, 41, Orlin Tamayo Quinonez, 35, and Juan Carralero, 56, all residents of Miami, were indicted on June 18, 2009, on Medicare and other fraud-related charges.

Concurrently, a DOJ release breaks out charges filed in Michigan against 53 doctors, health care executives and beneficiaries for more than $50 million in alleged false billing in Detroit. No names in that release.

I’ve repeatedly stated the federal government is not capable of sound oversight for healthcare in a nation as large and diversified as ours. The current questionable interpretation of the 14th amendment to the US Constitution creates a loophole whereby anyone coming to the US can receive medical care subsidized by the US taxpayer.

As the Democratic Party controlled Congress and administration attempt to take over another sector of the American economy, it would be wise of us who disagree to let our elected officials know our displeasure with legislation that will, in time, kill every private policy in the nation except designer policies affordable only by the truly rich.

During his campaign, President Barack Obama chastised Sen. John McCain’s health insurance plan, falsely noting the Arizona senator’s plan would result in new taxes for those with private policies. Obama’s Dem colleagues appear to have collided with that promise.

According to the website for the organization Let Freedom Ring, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is working on those taxes so the government’s new plan will be funded by us, the taxpayer. “Baucus is also weighing a tax based on the value of health care benefits that exceed a yet-to-be determined cap. A tax on benefits that exceed the cap by a mere $3,000 could amount to $750 in taxes annually for a worker who earns as little as $34,000, say experts. But those union members serving under collective bargaining agreements would not be subjected to the tax, according to proposals under discussion.”

Columnist Larry Elder does an excellent job of breaking down numbers on those 45,000,000 Americans allegedly without health insurance. Read his analysis and tell me why the government is calling this a crisis.

Frankly, I believe the Democratic Party has gone far beyond the constitutional limits set for levying taxes. Class action lawsuit, anyone? I mean if a convicted terrorist can sue the government, why can’t your average good old American taxpayer?

If the current power grabbers in Washington have their way, it is likely Medicare and Medicaid fraud will continue to burn American tax dollars. And the government will literally own your body. Are those the changes Democratic voters had in mind?

The push to stop Medicare and Medicaid fraud pre-dates Obama.

Baucus is one of many Democrats who have served so long they are part of an elite political class adept at building power due to longevity. Baucus has been in the Senate since 1978; before that, he served in the House. And he's working fiercely to push government healthcare that we taxpayers will pay twice for--once for the care and again for the taxes.

by Kay B. Day
June 25, 2009

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