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Illinois, Chicago, Springfield and state Medicaid all corrupt

Illinois is notorious for government corruption. Since 1976, the state has the third highest corruption convictions in the nation, including four out of the last 7 governors.

Chicago has been called “the most corrupt city in America.” A report by the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Better Government Association revealed that 150 top Cook County officials have been convicted in public corruption cases.

So it should come as no surprise that a program such as the state Medicaid program, which is to provide the base of expansion for Obamacare, is also corrupt and the people running it are at a minimum incompetent, according to an column by Scott Reeder in Friday’s Rockford Register Star.

According to Mr. Reeder, you can walk into a state government office; pick up $5000 in benefits from the Medicaid program without any verification of whether you qualify for the money!

Excerpt:

Folks who apply for the health insurance program, which is reserved for low-income Illinoisans, are granted the coverage, but not enough has been done  to ensure that recipients are answering questions truthfully to determine  whether they really qualify.

For some, basic questions are never verified, including: How much do applicants really earn? Do they really live in Illinois? Are they U.S. citizens?

The Illinois Auditor General discovered that about 60% of the first group inspected for qualifications weren’t eligible for Medicaid and that there were probably 300,000 that should be removed from the Medicaid rolls.

If these people were removed from Medicaid it could save $350M. The state Medicaid programs are the basis for Obamacare in states where Medicaid is being expanded.

Excerpt:

“Eligibility here in Illinois is broader than in most of our neighboring states,” said Jonathan Ingram, a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute.  “So it makes it attractive for people to enroll here who actually live elsewhere.”

Also, he said, little is done to weed out citizens from other countries unlawfully residing in the U.S. from being a part of the Medicaid system — for which they are not eligible.

Can you believe the way the people in this state will continue to vote for these Chicago Democrats that have run this state into the ground for years?

Now, the state public employee unions are objecting an outside firm with the experience and resources to come into the state and verify qualifications of recipients of Medicaid in Illinois. The unions think that AFSCME ought to do the work – more union dues.

The state had hired a Virginia firm to do the job, but an arbitrator has ruled that the state should hire more union workers from the state – the same public union who enrolled the ineligible Medicaid beneficiaries in the first place – only in Illinois!

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11 Comments

  1. Carolyn

    I have known for decades that there is mega insurance fraud. The absuers, corrupt, and controlling feel all they have to do is abuse their authority and seize power in which to seize control. They do not have any regard for the law, Constitution, or Civil Rights, etc. Medical records have to be accurate and reliable. Perscription drugs are passed out like they are candy. They feel they are free to hold victims/targets hostage in a corrupt system and refuse to let them go. As the controllng illegally run up huge exploitation bills the hostage is not legally obliated to pay the illgal bills. Otherwise these fraudulent bills are illegally passed off on the taxpayers. The taxpayers should be outraged on the amount of fruad is takin place in the corrupt system.

  2. Steverino

    Illinois at one time was very aggressive with internal and external audits of all governmental programs with results forwarded to state legislators. Our elected representatives have turned a blind eye to these issues just like the abuse of pension funds over many years.

  3. Brian Opsahl

    Remember the mandatory car insurance scam…I have to carry un-insured rider otherwise all those who don’t have it aren’t covered. That’s insane…all that did was make me cover them…

  4. With apologies to Casablanca…….

    “I’m shocked… shocked to find that corruption is going on in there (Illinois, Chicago, Springfield) .

  5. With all due respect, as someone who frequently fills Medicaid applications for clients and then follows up with clients about DHS requests for additional information throughout the application process, I can say that they ARE requiring extensive documentation and they ARE reviewing that documentation with a fine-toothed comb, at least here in Rockford. The more assets someone owns, the thicker their application packet – many of them that I send in are stacks of paper around an inch thick, while some can be as much as 2-3″ thick if OIG in Springfield has to review them. Believe me, the process is long, arduous, and sometimes very costly (in getting copies of documents from up to 5 years ago!) especially for those that need it most. That’s not to say that there isn’t an occasional person who may slip through the cracks, but from what I’ve seen I don’t believe that to be the norm.

  6. “Can you believe the way the people in this state will continue to vote for these Chicago Democrats that have run this state into the ground for years?”

    What is a shame is the republican party, in a state our size, cant come up with an electable counter. Folks like ted are siting around waiting for people to change. People don’t change. We don’t want what the republicans are selling. The messed up thing is the republicans dont get it. They keep trying to sell us the same old bs. god abortions and guns!

    The republicans are like the football teams from the south that wouldn’t allow blacks on their squad. Sooner or later things will have to change if the republicans want to compete.

  7. “Sooner or later things will have to change if the republicans want to compete.”

    That is precisely why fiscally-conservative groups, who believe in a smaller, Constitutionally-limited government (as the Founding Fathers intended), need to break the grip of the Democrats and RINOs.

    But, as Alexis de Tocqueville correctly opined: “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

    Samuel Adams was a bit more direct: “No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.”

  8. JRM_CommonSense

    And the best you got is to quote people in the past. Why don’t you present some reasonable, do able ideas, and the way to get there rather than quote long dead people who couldn’t get it done when they lived. Just like you have no concrete ideas about how to do it now. Just flapping lips with no solutions.

  9. “Remember the mandatory car insurance scam…I have to carry un-insured rider otherwise all those who don’t have it aren’t covered. That’s insane…all that did was make me cover them…” In case you didn’t know this, you carry car insurance not for your sake, but for others you may harm while driving your car. Much different than the purpose of health insurance.

    The reasonable idea is to scrap ObamaCare and start again. Sell health insurance across state lines and tort reform, that will lower prices and will also not discourage employers from hiring that 51st employee nor giving someone a 31st hour of work in a week Check the recent unemployment numbers, the new hires may number about 200,000, but the number of part-time employees is way above historical averages.

  10. @ JRM: Here is another quote, from a “long dead” person, to answer your question.

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”-George Santayana

    Our Founders were gifted with great foresight, and their words of wisdom are just as sound today, as back then.

    One more quote for your enlightenment, from a REALLY “long dead” person:

    “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. “- Cicero

  11. SNuss,

    Since JRM doesn’t like quotes from the past, perhaps you should see if he can provide some quotes from the future.

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