Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fraud and Waste?

In his speech before Congress last week, President Obama said the following:
"[W]e’ve estimated that most of this plan can be paid for by finding savings within the existing health care system, a system that is currently full of waste and abuse. . . . The only thing this plan would eliminate is the hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud . . . . Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan."
I have a couple of questions, Mr. President.

1. If Medicare and Medicaid are filled with that much fraud and waste, why don't you fix that now, fix that first, before starting a new government health care program?

2.
If Medicare and Medicaid are filled with that much fraud and waste, why should we believe that your new "public option" would not also be filled with fraud, waste and abuse?

Awaiting answers (as the crickets chirp).