Thousands of hospitals, nursing homes and other Medicare providers owe the federal government more than $2 billion in payroll and other taxes.
In some cases, they used the money to buy luxury cars and million-dollar homes.
So to recap, a seperate agency of the federal government is required to inform us that Medicare isn't managing it's accounts payable.
Fast forward to the "Progressive" future where this same level of
corruption incompetence is enlisted to manage a national healthcare system.
A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined 436,000 Medicare providers who received government payments in 2006. It found that more than 27,000, or about 6 percent, owed taxes.
Nearly half of those taxes -- $896 million -- was money withheld from employees' paychecks for Social Security and Medicare programs. Instead of paying those taxes to the government, the owners of hospitals and nursing homes diverted the money into personal accounts, the GAO said."Medicare is a health care program that is designed to serve our nation's seniors, yet this investigation reveals that at all levels -- from hospitals to nursing homes to doctors -- some health care providers are subverting the tax system to line their pockets," said Sen. Norm Coleman R-Minn.,
Medicare providers keeping billions of taxes for themselves
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