Dare I say…UNEXPECTED?
The CEO of IBM offered the Obama administration a free software program that would have cut Medicare and Medicaid fraud by almost a trillion dollars, but he was turned down – twice.
“We could have improved the quality and reduced the cost of the healthcare system by $900 billion…I said we would do it for free to prove that it works. They turned us down,” IBM chairman and CEO Samuel Palmisano said during a Sept. 14, 2010 taping of the Wall Street Journal’s Viewpoints program.
FOX News confirmed that a second meeting between Palmisano and Obama administration officials yielded the same result: “No thanks!” – even though the proffered “fix” would have eliminated 90 percent of the nation’s health care deficit – and cost taxpayers nothing (if) it didn’t perform as guaranteed.
Yet Medicare/Medicaid fraud is still rampant. According to the Manhattan Institute’s Steven Malanga, “abuses of Medicaid (alone) eat up at least 10 percent of the program’s total cost nationwide — a waste of $30 billion a year. Unscrupulous doctors billing for over 24 hours per day of procedures, phony companies invoicing for phantom services, pharmacists filling prescriptions for dead patients, home health-care companies demanding payment for treating clients actually in the hospital — on and on the rip-offs go.”
It’s not a bug — it’s a feature. And why would anyone think that a man-child like Ogabe who believes the Almighty State is the fount of all wisdom and the solution to all problems bother with anything someone from the evil private sector might have to say, anyway?