Friday, December 3, 2010

And You Want The Government To Handle Your Healthcare

From the HME Blog by Theresa Flaherty:

Bureaucracy is, as bureaucracy does

You may recall that I wrote a few months back that Maine was so bad at managing its food stamp program that it got some money to help fix the problem.

Here’s an example of the problem, as reported on

Leah L. Wright, 34, was indicted Thursday by a grand jury in Kennebec County Superior Court on one count of theft by deception and eight counts of aggravated forgery.

According to the indictment, Wright received $1,000 to $10,000 from the state Department of Health and Human Services from Sept. 28, 2006, to Feb. 1, 2010, by falsely stating that she was pregnant.

Do the math folks: Ms. Wright, one of our fine, upstanding citizens, I am sure, was allegedly pregnant for 40 months. And those folks at DHS apparently just kept feeding her food stamps.

Don’t even get me started on why a pregnant 34-year-old should qualify for food stamps in the first place.

So once again providers, rest assured that you are not crazy when it comes to fraud, waste and abuse. Government bureaucracy is and always will be, a bureaucracy.

Theresa Flaherty

Speaking of foodstamps look at this astonishing figure on the amount of households receiving foodstamps in August, 2010 vs. August,2009, a whopping 19.1% increase. Pennsylvania is at 14.2%. It mirrors the 11% increase in the poverty rate for our Commonwealth in 2009.

But don't worry Obama says we are in recovery. Shhh..don't tell him it's Christmas season and people get hired temporarily...let's surprise him.

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