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Obama Suggests Adding MEDICARE SPIES To Health Care Reform

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Barack Obama has written a letter, to the Congress, listing four very serious Republican things from last week's summit that he'd be willing to compromise on to make things super bipartisan. It is fairly obvious that Republicans will accept these provisions and vote for the bill enthusiastically. Congress will pass it into law tomorrow morning-ish, 535-0, in a special joint-session lawn party. Grassley's gonna shit red white and blue firecrackers for the keynote address. Not that it matters, but let'scheck out these Four Humours anyway: "The proposals Obama mentioned are: sending investigators disguised as patients to uncover fraud and waste; expanding medical malpractice reform pilot programs; increasing payments to Medicaid providers and expanding the use of health savings accounts." So pretty basic stuff WAIT WHAT WAS THAT FIRST ONE?


This must have come up when your Wonkette took a break from the summit to catch up on our soaps:

-- Although the proposal I released last week included a comprehensive set of initiatives to combat fraud, waste, and abuse, Senator Coburn had an interesting suggestion that we engage medical professionals to conduct random undercover investigations of health care providers that receive reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid, and other Federal programs.

How deliciously "Cold War" of an idea!

SECRET SPY PATIENT: So, Dr. Sparkles, while I was waiting I saw you filling out reimbursement forms for a hip replacement performed yesterday. Don't you play golf with your mistress on Wednesdays?

FRAUD DOCTOR: All of the above, Carlton!

SECRET SPY PATIENT: What does that even mean?

FRAUD DOCTOR: Carlton!

SECRET SPY PATIENT: [leans into CIA wire] (PSST OBAMA THIS GUY IS A TERRIBLE FRAUD DOCTOR.)

FRAUD DOCTOR: Why are you yelling these things at Obama?

SECRET SPY PATIENT: Tom Coburn asked politely, with a law.

FRAUD DOCTOR: My mistress Tom Coburn?

SECRET SPY PATIENT: Not playing golf with him no more.

FRAUD DOCTOR: Just sex. I'm hungry! Let's go get some tacos and fruit punch!

President Obama Follows Up on Thursday's Bipartisan Meeting on Health Reform [White House]

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