The White House reports that
The federal government made $98 billion in improper payments in fiscal 2009 […].
The 2009 total for improper payments—from outright fraud to misdirected reimbursements due to factors such as an illegible doctor's signature—was a 37.5 percent increase over the $72 billion in 2008, according to figures provided by Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
And they want more control of the health-care system…
[Thanks: Leslie Carbone]