President Obama promised in his health-care speech to get rid of, you guessed it, waste, fraud, and abuse (a.k.a. WFA) in our health-care system. Unfortunately, expanding government's role in the provision of health care is likely to increase WFA, as Medicare fraud already costs, per Secretary Sebelius "tens of billions a year." I talked about the endemic nature of Medicare fraud on Fox Business yesterday, and today crack researcher Jack Pitney has compiled a list of promises from every president dating back to Eisenhower promising to root it out. I'm anti-fraud, no doubt about it, but this list makes one somewhat skeptical that this latest presidential promise to get rid of it will come to fruition.
Waste, Fraud, and Yadda Yadda Yadda
by Tevi Troy •
Cross-posted from National Review Online: Critical Condition