November 18, 2009

More control of the health-care system?

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]

A miracle in Arizona

Finally, a stimulus success story? Yes, if you trust the website set up by the White House to track stimulus spending. In fact, according to the above mentioned website, in Arizona’s 15th congressional district 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. Wow! Wouldn’t it be great if it were true? There seems to be one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts...

So, what’s the moral of the story? It’s a very simple one: “It’s a miracle! Stimulus dollars create or save jobs even in congressional districts that don’t exist!” What else?