- The report and research from the Comptroller General found that the Federal government made a whopping $144 billion in improper payments just in 2016.
- The Comptroller told a Senate Budget Committee hearing that improper payments over the years easily added up to more than a trillion dollars.
- In his opening statement Inspector General Dodaro stated that, “These are payments that should not have been made or were made in the wrong amounts.”
- And the problem is getting worse since he found that improper payments in 2014 were $125 billion, $137 billion in 20915, and now $144 billion in 2016.
- These improper payments occurred in 112 Federal government programs across 22 Federal government organizations.
- The worst news is that these 112 programs and 22 organizations do not cover the entire Federal government, meaning that more than $144 billion was likely wasted just in 2016.
- His findings did not include the food stamp program,which we know is infected with criminal fraud and wasteful spending, the Defense Department which we also know is so screwed up that trained auditors cannot figure out the accounting mess that the Pentagon operates, and other Federal agencies and programs.
- Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security account for about 75% of the $144 billion.
- A recent inspector general report found that Medicare improperly paid out $729 million to doctors and others over a three year period.
- The bad payments went to people who claimed they deserved bonus Medicare payments under a Medicare program but who lacked proof or failed to meet the criteria for the bonus payments.
- The audit estimated that a whopping 12% of the payments paid out under the specified bonus program were done in error, an unacceptable level of ineptness.
- Medicare officials said that they would try to recoup the misspent funds.
- The initial estimate of the cost of a state run single payer system is $400 billion a year.
- Given that not a single government program has ever come in under the initial estimate and budget, I think we can safely assume that the $400 billion annual cost is a lowball estimate.
- But let’s stay with that estimate and the reality that there are over 39 million people living in California today.
- Thus, if we simply divide the annual cost by the number of people in the state, the average cost every year for health care for every California, men, women, and children, would be a whopping $10,000+ per person.
- Thus, a typical four person family would be paying over $40,000 a year for health care and insurance, which, remember is a low ball estimate.
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