August 8th, 2009
04:25 PM ET
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Zero.

    They are either signed or not. You have all this technowlegy, and you still dont know who/which Doctor/ Hospital is legally active? How??

    August 8, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Lynne

    Yet CNN continues to give Rick Scott a forum when you know the company he ran was convicted of defrauding Medicare and forced to pay 1.8 billion dollars in fines.(1997)

    Perhaps you should put up the vidoe clip of Riock Sanchez's show where Scott admitted it and then tried to weasel out of it by saying "everyone else was doing it.

    Sanchez ids the only one on CNN with the integrity to take on liars on either side of the spectrum. The rest of you let them spin their nonsense.

    August 8, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. I have sympathy for insurers or providers

    they are in bed together and fleece us all

    August 8, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. m jeff

    The fraud is coming from big insurance, they are robbing American people.

    August 8, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. AstroTurf This

    And the government is going to rescue the healthcare industry from fraud??? SEIU/ACORN are licking their lips and rubbing their hands in anticipation of the fraud that will be expanded if this bill gets passed. The government cannot run the healthcare industry. This is a takeover by the far-left and Obama is just handing our tax dollars over to these thugs. The focus should be to PREVENT and EXPOSE fraud to lower the costs of healthcare. The pretense of healthcare reform being to insure those uninsured is a FARCE. This is about Obama paying back those who got him elected.

    August 8, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. cedgar

    Why is the government not attacking this problem first????
    If we could control fraud, would that not lower health insurance?
    I think we are acting in the wrong direction. Let's start at the bottom
    and work our way up!

    August 8, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. katiec

    Didn't hear mentioned the fraud, unethical, dishonorable practices of the insurance companies mentioned. Or the unjustified, unneeded,
    etc tests given by doctors and hospitals. Or the spending by all health realted organizations, the waste, the bonuses etc.
    All of this will be ongoing if we continue to let big business, lobbyists, special interests and those who support them run our country and
    make crucial decisions for us.
    They have raped the American people long enough.

    August 8, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Simmy

    Thank you, Alan Chernoff, for your 'Well-Packaged' report on fraud......The report however, tries to change the focus of healthcare, by making doctors culprits of fraud, while ignoring the BIGGER fraudulent providers like BCBS, PHARMA, and the rest, who monopolize the insurance industry........Insurance conglomorates are using monies that they collect from ordinary hard working people on lobbyists, ads, and riotous protesters......That in my opinion, is just as scandalous, if not more, than what that doctor did......

    Even worst than that, most of those protesting and behaving badly, need better affordable insurance........Typical of the Gangster Obstructionist Party to try and switch the focus.....Not this time.......Real Americans know better......They have decided that this will not be another "Hillary Clinton-Healthcare" moment......Enough....

    P.S. Most of those clunkers traded in have come from those disrupting townhall meetings.....On their days off, they go and reap the benefits of President Obama's programs......Peace....

    August 8, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Chuck

    Lowering fraud will not lower insurance rates, it would only increase the insurance companies profits and give the executives larger bonuses.

    There is no reform with out a strong public option. That is what we were promised and we shouldn't settle for anything less.

    August 8, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Zero.

    Insurance cant claim by itself. There has to be some medical-operator of some kind. Give them all a sign-in code-key. Whatever their expertise... If they dont have one. Then they dont get paid..

    August 8, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. banderson

    "Cedgar", this is why we need Healthcare reform to stop these type of issues. If we are able to do something about healthcare reform then we could save billions of dollars and keep insurance premiums at a decent level. If some of these people who go to these townhall meetings start following the money they would start to see that the president is right.

    August 8, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Joe m

    it is insane that of the over 1000 page healthcare bill, only 40 pages are devoted to addressing fraud. addressing this and controling it will have a significant impact of managing cost. fraud cost is passed on to each one of us by all plans, including medicare and medicaid. according to a recent CNN report, the bill currently under consideration is not even really trying to learn how much fraud cost us, nor does it seem that the government is interested in finding out. if the government is trully interested in reform, it seems to me that they ought to be devoting more effort in managing and controlling fraud.

    August 8, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    Fraud is a big problem in the SSI system and to some extent in the worker's compensation system. I could write a book as to the games people play. There is not enough government over site or sophistication to monitor all the nonsense that goes on.

    August 8, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. A little sad

    First you have Rick Scott's anti reform ads after his company paid $1.7 billion fines due to their medicare fraud.

    Then you have the reliance of the Republicans on statistics from a subsidiary of United Healthcare (Ingenix) which was found to be under-reporting the "usual and customary" charges to push a higher percentage of the total bill on to the policyholders and off the insurance companies

    Now you have the astro-turf groups preventing any discussion of reform at town-hall meetings held by Democrats. (Now if the plan was all bad, wouldn't they want it to be heard?)

    And the Republican congressmen not holding town hall meetings at all, so they will not have to answer any questions.

    It appears that the anti-reform people are counting on fraud.

    August 8, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. MaryanneAZ

    My hospice cared for mother, who died 8 years ago today, had a representative from one of those scooter/wheelchair vendors obtain a $12,000 heavy-duty, extra-wide wheelchair for her. She NEVER used it. She was bed bound. This is a huge area of waste and a travesty for those who could benefit from access to durable medical equipment. These costs are fraud and are not hidden by any means. There are hundreds of these vendor commercials on the TV.

    August 8, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Yeah, now THERE'S a good argument for keeping the federal government small so it can't effectively monitor fraud. And THERE'S a good argument for letting private medical facilities operate on a for-profit, unregulated basis.


    August 8, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. MJ

    No doubt there has been fraud. It is up to us, the consumers, to report this. As a Baby Boomer, and having a true respect for the elderly, and those who have just entered this world perhaps a little bit early or with medical problems, I see the need to be scared. Genocide. Who has the right to decide life or death? Will Big Government make that determination – Yes! They call it " Tough Decisions". This plan is more than scary. Americans – Don't let this happen!

    August 8, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Rick

    Isn't the key word "Fraud"??? Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law to deter subsequent repeat offenses. $200 Billion has been discussed. Where is the outrage? Five (5) years = a TRILLION DOLARS!

    Can we NOT contain this fraud? Can we not contain escalating pharmacutical costs, Medicare, Medicade, Social Security?

    This has nothing to do with access, but EVERYTHING to do with reasonable employEER costs, EMPLOYEE contribution, DEDUCTIBLES, emergency care, ambulatroy or emergency room.

    Where is the doucumented answer? Congress has not and WILL NOT READ the entire package. NOT the fault of the minority, but indicative of the total LACK of respect that has been shown over the past 40 years.

    IT has been over 40 years since ANY of the entitlement programs have had a serioux overhaul. IF FACT, the last time and entitlement program has been seriously addressed.

    WHEN will CONGRESS, the originator of Bills, submit a piece of legislation in the general good will of the PUBLIC?

    HOW ABOUT ANY healthcare program be AUTOMATICALLY be the BEST ANY person is Congress can obtain?

    LImit the Lobbyist. PUSH for the general good. Provide sustainablem, documented alternatives, stop the demogaragy, SERVE the people as intended. FAILURE SHOULD lead to term limits, vs. the 90 year olds that depend on Staff to get them where they need to be to vote. WHAT is the STAFF input?

    Top the ability to servie beyond 70 years old. Reject the notion that the "knowledge" trumps 'youth". IF you cannot, and WILL NOT serve the general public, step aside. The 60's and 70's have past. NOT relivant to today's issues. We, the general populace, cannot, and WILLNOT, continue to support 80+ year old non-connected, irrelivant other than vote, history. WE can connect to the past with POWERFUL ANSWERS.

    August 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. honduranboy

    Rick Scott is the poster boy for what is wrong with healthcare in america!!!!!!!! If he is opposing this plan it must be good.
    come on america lets not allow people like this guy to ruin an opportunity at healthcare reform!!! I am not on board with the plan in the congress, but we are certaintly headed in the right direction!!!!!!

    August 8, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Zero.

    The worst thing CNN. About the aircrash in NYC, was a Kid died: because of an ignorant parent. When are adults going to to stop thinking of Great-Idea's, with the minimal of education? Then let their little one's, fall in the trap they set in motion???

    August 8, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. Maria - Proud Democrat

    What about the wasted money on outrageous and outlandish legal lawsuits.

    The lawyers are making billions while the people are getting squat.

    Congress needs to address medical malpractice and include it in their health care reform bill.

    Why are we not addressing Medical MalPractice and the attorneys who are making billions from it?

    August 8, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. steve

    Sarah Palin,
    Instead of attacking the presidents' health care plan , you should thank President obama for signing into law the childrens health insurance called s-chip which former president Bush vetoed several times during his disastrous regime.
    I am sure your down syndrome baby would benefit from it.
    It is insane for you to suggest the president has a "death panel" in the health reform that would kill your child. You are seriously crazy.
    Go back to your CAVE.

    August 8, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Zero.

    You just used the cue: for the wrong agenda...

    August 8, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Scott L

    I will be voting AGAINST every leader (Republican or Democrat) in my district, county and state that support this health care reform OR who vote in favor of it.

    Have a nice day.

    August 8, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. KG

    I work for UnitedHealth Group. Our CEO, with his stock options, makes over $5000.00 an HR! We do have a fraud unit, it's right down the hall from my desk and we do try to catch it but really, we're spending hundreds of thousands, if not millions, on preventing healthcare reform and a public option than we should be. Fraud costs consumers so much and employers, who pay for the bulk of your monthly premium, even more. If we institute a public option and everyone has health coverage, the fraud will go down dramatically.

    August 8, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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