While the $98 billion in government waste is outrageous, steps are being taken to address it, finally. The same budget office indicated that most of the waste was in Medicare/Medicaid and was the result of much tighter scrutiny than in the past ($72 billion figure in 2008). Just as alarming was the amount of the waste is in the Medicare Advantage program, which is slated for significant changes under the proposed healthcare reform legislation. Recovery Audit Contractor audits throughout the country will also continue to reap benefits and cut down on waste.
Healthcare reform must move forward and not again become a political victim as it did in 1993, leaving us to clean up a much bigger, more complex mess today. Cost containment must continue to be a key component of healthcare reform, in addition to the issues getting all of the airplay in the media. No more cover-ups. Investigate the issues, reveal the results and fix it.
Brian SheaNew Fairfield, Conn.