Medicaid Made $14.4 Billion Improper Payments Last Year

GAO: problem will worsen under Obamacare
Marilyn Tavenner

The federal government paid out $14.4 billion in fraudulent reimbursements through Medicaid last year, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) highlighted a recent GAO report on the lack of oversight within Medicaid’s managed care organizations (MCOs) delivery system, which accounts for roughly $4 billion in waste each year.

Pence Pushes Privatized Medicaid Program

Indiana governor touts state’s alternative to Obamacare Medicaid expansion
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence / AP

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R.) on Monday touted his state’s alternative, private version of Medicaid during a speech on healthcare reform at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison Barber

My must read of the day is “Obamacare Is Helping People Via Medicaid—Except In States Where Officials Are Fighting It,” by Jonathan Cohn, in the New Republic.

Dem Donor Added to HHS ‘Most Wanted Fugitives’ List

Calif. doctor who’s given thousands to DNC and Obama fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid
New Obamacare tax will raise premiums for families and hurt small businesses

The Department of Health and Human Services added a high-dollar Democratic donor to its list of most-wanted fugitives on Friday in connection with a widespread scheme of alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Factcheck: Obamacare and the State of the Union

Obama's misleading description of his health plan
President Barack Obama, accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. / AP

President Barack Obama spoke glowingly of Obamacare during his State of the Union address to Congress. However, on closer examination, many of the president’s statements on the Affordable Care Act turn out to be misleading and lacking context. Here are five of the president’s most important points on health care, along with explanations of the greater context.