We can all agree with what Florida's new senator, George LeMieux, says above, that this health-care fraud thing should stop. And he makes it sound so easy!
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But if you watch the longer version of that speech above, you'll see that LeMieux's debut piece of legislation is part of a larger, grander Republican scheme:
If we trim the fraud from Medicare and Medicaid, then we don't have to bother with this expensive plan to reform the nation's health-care system.
Gosh, that seems awfully ambitious. Even if it was possible to eliminate health-care fraud completely, that savings would not be enough to make necessary improvements to the health-care system. So here's an idea: Let's just pretend we can eliminate health-care fraud. That'll give us the political cover to procrastinate fixing health care. And it will also allow senators like LeMieux -- not to mention his patron and hopeful successor, Charlie Crist -- to accept huge campaign contributions from health-care corporations who have something to lose from reforms.
Or wait -- maybe that's exactly what the LeMieux bill is trying to accomplish. If so, congratulations, Senator. You've proven to be a quick study in Beltway cynicism.