CuomoTARP.blogspot.com July 12, 2011
To: Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Allen West, Thaddeus McCotter, US Representatives; Rand Paul, David Vitter, Jim DeMint, Senators;
and Harry Reid, Majority Leader; Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader; John A. Boehner, Speaker; Eric Cantor, Majority Leader; Darrell Issa, Chair House Oversight and Government Reform; Lamar Smith, Chair House Judiciary; Patrick J. Leahy, Chair Sen. Judiciary; Charles E. Grassley, Sen. Judiciary; Paul Ryan, Chair House Budget; Harold Rogers, Chair House Appropriations; Kent Conrad, Chair Sen. Budget; Jeff Sessions, Sen. Budget; Daniel K. Inouye,Chair Sen. Appropriations; Thad Cochran,Sen. Appropriations; Tom Harkin, Chair Sen. Health; Michael B. Enzi, Sen. Health; Chris Van Hollen, House Budget; Spencer Bachus,House Financial Services; Barney Frank, House Financial Services; Max Baucus, Sen. Finance; Chuck Grassley, Sen. Finance
Honorable Harry Reid, John A. Boehner and others in Congress:
Neither Republicans, nor Democrats need or want to fund Medicaid fraud. It's time to stop these grandstanding predictions of spending cuts in the future, instead cut $200 billion a year, beginning right now. All the data has been collected. The witnesses and/or Cuomo or Eric Holder are knowledgeable for immediate action this week or next. Eric Holder "maybe" prosecuting, but Andrew Cuomo, as former NY Attorney General defended the crooked NY State employees and knows where and who was taking the fraudulent money.
Here's one example how $1 billion disappeared in one part of NY Medicaid fraud as reported in Wall Street Journal that, "The state spends $700 million a year to house about 1,400 disabled people in the facilities. But it bills Medicaid more than three times that amount. By taking advantage of federal matching funds,the state pockets approximately $1 billion extra every year—and uses it to subsidize other areas of the budget."
Medicaid block grants would save $200 billion a year, while letting Cuomo deal with the NY State crooked employees already known to him. NY State's corrupt stealing of Medicaid funds has gone on for years, since before 1994. As described in prior faxes: "In the case of NY, the Feds keep auditing NYS for fraud. The frauds keep getting bigger and bigger and more and more secretive. While NYS gets fined time and time again, the people running the fraud from the safety of their administrative offices and under the protection of the NYS Attorney General who uses taxpayer money to defend these white collar government criminals who were ripping off the [Federal government]."
"The scandal reaches into the upper levels of management for the SUNY Research Foundation and the state Health Department, according to sources briefed on the case. At stake is more than $22 billion in annual matching federal funds for Medicaid. "
Instead of waiting for Eric Holder, aka Gidot, to act, block grants would shift criminal prosecution responsibility to NY State, where Andrew Cuomo and the new AG, Scheiderman, can act as prosecutors, instead of defending the criminal conduct. A quick action by Congress on a Medicaid funding change would save federal taxpayers $200 billion a year without affecting services to present beneficiaries and would eliminate massive fraudulent billing of Medicaid. In addition, it would save NY local taxpayers $32 billion dollars spent matching fraudulent NY State Medicaid claims.
Follow the links in the June 27, 2011 letter attached below and use contact info for arranging testimony below.
cc: others interested in congressional immediate action
attached: June 27, 2011 letter to Congress as seen in blog post.