Monday, November 16, 2009

Stabenow Speaks on Health Care

What is it with our esteemed overlords in that they cannot go after fraud and waste until another $1 trillion or so dollars are pumped into the system?

It has been said, wisely I might add, that you have to follow the money. Large pools of dollars themselves create the potential for fraud and abuse. Management of pools of money this large become, almost by definition, impossible to rid of abuse. A small budget of, for argument's sake, $100 is easy to watch. Each transaction can be evaluated as to its need. This becomes less and less true as the amounts of money reach into the millions, billions, and trillions.

As money pools reach astronomical levels, more and more individuals have to enter the system as overseers and administrators. Each and every one of these added individuals is another crack through which lost money may flow. A fifty dollar transaction in a $100 budget is large enough to pay attention to. A million dollar expense in a budget of several hundred billion becomes like a drop to a bucket.

Debbie Stabenow believes another $1 trillion is necessary to be pumped into the health care system. It is only then that bureaucrats like her will be bothered enough to take the time to crack down on waste, fraud, and abuse already contained therein. It is this promised to be saved money that Stabenow says will help finance the overall cost of nationalized health care as supported by today's politicians. She avers, in essence, that by adding $1 trillion to the size of a program, abuse and fraud will become easier to detect and stamp out. This goes against all reason.

Adding a trillion dollars to the health care system will not alleviate fraud and abuse but will make more of it a certainty, and will make it necessary to borrow even more money from our grandchildren to compensate.

Like Dr. Peter Venkman said in Ghostbusters, "Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, no job is too big, no fee is too big!"

I'd be a bit more comforted if Debbie Stabenow and company weren't taking their cues from a Hollywood comedy writing team.

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