Medicaid the Most Fraud-Ridden Gov’t Program

By: John Semmens

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reveals that Medicaid is the most fraud-ridden program in the entire federal government. The report found that “in fiscal year 2020, Medicaid covered an estimated 77 million low-income and medically needy individuals at a cost of $673 billion. Improper payments of $85 billion were made.”

According to the GAO, the major factor enabling the fraud “was failure to audit state Medicaid eligibility determinations in the midst of a dramatic expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. This has more than tripled the amount of improper spending. The growth in improper payments is directly linked to states being incentivized to game the system by improperly classifying people as expansion enrollees to receive greater federal reimbursement rates.”

This fraud inspired Sen. Bernie Sanders to argue that “this is why we need to replace our current medical services system with a single-payer plan. Right now too much decision-making authority is in the hands of doctors and patients. Patients want the best care available. Doctors are eager to accommodate this wish. Under a single-payer plan, the government would be the final arbiter of what care will be allowed to which patients.”

“Only the government is in a position to assess whether the social value of the patient is sufficiently high enough to warrant the level of care needed to restore that patient to health,” the Senator explained. “Society can afford to pay larger sums to ensure that important people like government leaders are kept in good health. Superfluous members of society will have to make do with whatever government authorities feel can be spared.”

Small Businesses Shut Down to Stem Crime

By: John Semmens

In a desperate effort to try to reduce violent crime in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has launched a campaign to shut down convenience markets in high-crime areas. A Special Task Force comprised of Police Officers and City Inspectors has been ordered “to find license and permit violations that can be used to put these public nuisances out of business.”

Most of the targeted businesses are owned by Arabs, Asians, or Blacks. One owner who spoke anonymously for fear of retribution complained “they are making us scapegoats for the gang violence that plagues the City. This misguided scheme will have no impact except to harm the only local businesses that provide services in neighborhoods where the gangs operate.”

The Mayor was unfazed by the prospect of neighborhoods losing the services of local small businesses, saying “only good will come of that. As the pandemic has shown, people can get all the merchandise they need from Amazon or Walmart. There is no economic need for these small time operators. Those who insist on the convenience of local businesses can move to low-crime areas. As the high-crime neighborhoods become vacant the crime will disappear.”

Inflation Blamed on “Profiteering”

By: John Semmens

One economic sector where prices are rising dramatically is meat. The White House blamed the four biggest companies in the meat industry, accusing them of “raising prices while generating record profits during the pandemic.”

White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese charged that “this blatant profiteering is a disservice to both farmers and consumers. We need a food production system that is focused on need, not greed. President Truman seized the steel industry in 1952. Maybe government needs to take a bigger role in the food industry so we can ensure a more reliable and efficient system. If we reorganize the whole industry we could replace ‘for profit’ enterprise with a collective undertaking that would allow democracy to control what is produced, who produces it, and who consumes it. Sounder decisions on diet and nutrition could be implemented and a healthier population cultivated.”

Mark Dopp, COO of the North American Meat Institute, characterized the White House’s complaints as “inflammatory statements that ignore the fundamentals of how supply and demand affects markets. The ‘for profit’ system is what has made America’s free market the most productive in the world. The notion that a bigger intrusion of government into food production and distribution could improve upon free enterprise has been repeatedly refuted wherever it’s been tried.”

Pfizer Announces “Covicure”

By John Semmens

Fresh off its triumph of getting the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to approve its comirnaty vaccine, Pfizer has announced its success in developing a cure for COVID.

Company spokesman Brad Lyman explained “while we have every confidence that comirnaty will prove invincible against the coronavirus we acknowledge that it may not be possible to vaccinate everyone as often as is needed to maintain immunity. Not wanting to leave the world without a back-up plan, we developed covicure. This oral medication comes in two versions covicure-H and covicure-I.”

“Both of these drugs contain a proprietary blend of vitamins B, C & D, zinc, lactoferrin, melatonin, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), quercetin, and an alternate secret ingredient—one called ‘H’ and the other called ‘I,’” Lyman said. “Numerous trials of these substances over the past year-and-a-half have demonstrated a very high success rate against the virus. We’re now taking the next logical step of patenting our special blends, which we feel will quickly achieve FDA approval.”

The company estimated that once these products hit the market a two-week course of treatment can be provided at a cost of $5,000 per patient—an amount that Lyman called “very reasonable considering there are no other effective approved alternatives for the treatment of this deadly disease.”

In related news, the American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association, and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists called for an immediate end to ordering, prescribing, or dispensing of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19. The group labeled the numerous reports of the success of this drug in treating the virus in various places including India, Africa, and Peru “anectdotal” and “not applicable to the far more sophisticated medical knowledge and practice in the United States.”

Angry President Demands Obedience

By: John Semmens

An angry President Biden took to the airwaves to announce new marching orders for America. Despite the fact that far less than 1% of the population has been felled by COVID, 70% of the adult population having been vaccinated, and an unknown, but probably large percentage of the unvaccinated having natural immunity to the virus, the President unveiled a nation-wide mandate to force more people to take the vaccine.

“I’ve urged everyone to get vaccinated, but a distinct minority have refused to take my advice,” Biden complained. “My patience is wearing thin. If people won’t make the right decision voluntarily it is my obligation to take the decision out of their hands—as I had to do numerous times when my young sons Beau and Hunter got uppity with me and defiantly disobeyed my good advice. Accordingly, I am ordering all federal employees to take the vaccination. I am ordering all businesses with of 100 or more employees to make getting vaccinated a requirement for keeping their jobs. I am also recommending that all state and local governments impose a vaccination requirement on their employees.”

The President dismissed the contention that he lacks the constitutional authority to unilaterally impose this requirement, saying “polls show that a majority of Americans favor universal vaccination. Enforcing the will of the majority on a minority is not tyranny. It is democracy.”

Numerous Republican governors spoke out against the vaccine mandate. Gov. Greg Gianforte (R-Mt) asserted “President Biden’s vaccination mandate is unlawful and un-American. We are committed to protecting Montanans’ freedoms and liberties against this gross federal overreach.” Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) said “President Biden is taking dangerous and unprecedented steps to insert the federal government even further into our lives while dismissing the ability of Iowans and Americans to make healthcare decisions for themselves.”

Undaunted by this outspoken opposition to his decree, Biden boasted “If these governors won’t help us beat the pandemic, I will use my power as president to get them out of the way. I can start by withholding federal highway payments. If necessary I can send troops like President Eisenhower did to enforce school desegregation in Arkansas. If they still don’t get the message, I can have them arrested like President Lincoln did to critics of his handling of the Civil War. We’ll see if any of them have the nerve to face off against their very determined president.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci called Biden’s vaccination mandate plan “disappointingly moderate. If I were devising a mandate I would not have allowed for any opt outs. That includes getting regular COVID tests, having had a previous infection, existing medical conditions that might make vaccination more risky, and religious or moral objections. Our situation is too perilous for us to compromise. Freedom must give way to discipline. In my opinion, everyone must be vaccinated whether they like it or not.”

In a seemingly discordant opinion, Vice-President Kamala Harris was quoted saying “when people are able to make choices without government interference for themselves in terms of their well being and the well-being of their family in consultation with whomever they may choose, we are a stronger society.” Harris hastened to clarify that “I was talking about a woman’s right to abort her unwanted baby, which is an entirely different thing than mandating everyone be vaccinated.” The most striking difference is that the fatality rate for babies from abortion is nearly 100%, while the fatality rate for not being vaccinated is less than 1%.

In related news, Rutgers University barred a student from attending virtual classes because he has not been vaccinated. Rutgers spokeswoman Dory Devlin called the university’s rule “fair. As President Biden has made clear, the disloyal who refuse to get vaccinated endanger us all. Even though this student will not directly infect anyone via virtual classes he is still a living embodiment of the kind of selfishness that is disunifying America. For this he must pay a price—either get vaccinated of face exclusion from all normal activities.”

San Fran to Pay Criminals to Not Shoot People

By: John Semmens

Starting this October the City of San Francisco will pay criminals $300 per month for each person they don’t shoot. The program is called the “Dream Keeper Fellowship.” Executive director of the Human Rights Commission Sheryl Davis said “in addition to the bounty for not killing people, street gang members will be paired with newly hired life coaches from the Street Violence Intervention Program, known as SVIP, who will help the them make the right choices and access services.”

“The program will be funded by diverting funding from the police,” Mayor London Breed said. “We decided that rather than trying to scare or forcibly restrain these young men from killing each other we should offer them monetary incentives to do the right thing. I know that $300 is not a lot of money in our city, but when you combine this with our decriminalization of shoplifting and the outlawing of rent, a person can have a comfortable life without being forced to take a job.”

Area resident and Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D) called the program “a model of how life could be changed for the better under a more progressive governance. The conservative delusion that work must precede consumption has been disproven. The federal government has the authority to create a quantity of money sufficient to meet the needs of an unlimited number of people. When we add in the money saved from discontinuing expenditures for law enforcement, national defense, border control and other unnecessary programs we can afford an edenic era of indolence that will unchain the aspirations of every man, woman and child that chooses to make America their home.”

NYC to Eliminate “Honor Roll”

By: John Semmens

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Department of Education is planning to get rid of schools’ honor rolls. “By extolling excellence we harm the psyches of the other students,” the Mayor complained. “Not everyone has the ability to excell or even pass the classes our schools offer. When these lesser able students see peers praised for outdoing them they can’t help but feel somehow diminished. Considering the racial composition of those who make the honor roll com[pared to those who don’t, the whole scheme looks racist.”

DeBlasio complained that “the very practice of acknowledging accomplishment is inherently inequitable. By doing it in our schools we enforce the idea that a person who invents a new product or starts a profitable business is in some way a more valuable member of society than a person who lives on welfare or turns to crime as a way of life. If we want to end the notion that some people are better than others we need to start by ending the practice of rewarding those who master the subjects we teach in our schools.”

As a substitute for honoring high achievers the Mayor urged that “we honor students for their efforts. A mentally challenged student who manages to come to class more or less regularly is more worthy than a gifted student who easily grasps academic knowledge. Grading should be modified to reflect this socially progressive reality.”

Australia Opts for Orwellian Surveillance

John Semmens

Concerned that “too may people are not doing as they are told,” the Victoria state government in Southern Australia is requiring that everyone download a smart phone app that combines facial recognition and geolocation and use this app to respond to government inquiries regarding their whereabouts. The protocol will be that after receiving a text from the government, the targeted individual will need to respond within 15 with a photograph that proves their identity and location. If the individual fails to respond or the photograph does not clearly prove they are where they are “supposed to be” poloice will be dispatched to investigate.

Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews says “we got the idea from a book by George Orwell. Although this book was publihed in 1949 we found it to be eerily prescient regarding our current situation with COVID. We’ve ordered people to stay in their homes and only given them permission to leave for the purpose of obtaining food, medical care, or work. Yet, a distressing number can still be observed outside and not engaged in the permitted activities. Outdoor surveillance cameras and neighborhood tattletales are proving inadequate. This app introduces a mandotory self-reporting element that we hope can more thoroughly curtail disobedience.”

Andrews rebuffed criticism of his “police-state tactics” calling the critics “irresponsible naysayers. I’m trying to save lives. Now is not the time for anyone to yammer about human rights.”

Meanwhile in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) endorsed compulsory vaccination. Spokesman Bertram Petty explained that “only by forcing people to follow the directives that the government has declared are necessary to protect their health can we achieve the liberties that our organization has championed since its founding in 1920.”

McAuliffe Pans Youngkin’s COVID Stance

by John Semmens

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, sharply criticized Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin, saying that “like Trump, he refuses to support vaccine and mask mandates. He wants to preserve the right of people to decide for themselves whether to wear a mask or get vaccinated.”

Youngkin didn’t deny McAuliffe’s accusations, saying “I personally am vaccinated. I recommend that others get vaccinated. But I draw the line at oredering people to take a medicine that they don’t want to take. One of things that makes America great is the freedom to choose. It is the job of every elected official to preserve that freedom. It’s what I will do if elected governor.”

McAuliffe pounced on Youngkin’s “admission of irresponsibility. Most intelligent people recognize that the whole purpose of government is to ensure the health and safety of the population. This, of necessity, includes requiring everyone to do the things that the government determines they need to do to accomplish this objective. Voters can count on me to mandate vaccinations, masks, passports, lockdowns—whatever I deem would be best for everyone under my jurisdiction.”

In related news, after a study testing 1.4 millionblood samples, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) now estimates that 80% of Americans 16 and older now have antibodies to COVID. These antibodies were acquired thru vaccination or prior infection. The conclusions drawn from this study are (1) the risk of fatality from COVID is probably half that reported thus far and (2) we are probably very close to “herd immunity.”

Georgia Ballot Box Stuffing

by John Semmens

Surveillance videos of ballot drop boxes in Georgia captured evidence of tens of thousands of ballots being dumped into these boxes by a cadre of 240 political activists. These drop boxes are intended for individual voter use. While persons are allowed to deliver the ballots of immediate family members into these boxes, ballot harvesting is illegal in Georgia.

Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams defended these vote dumps, calling the video evidence “racist. Since when is recovering uncast ballots, filling them in, and putting them in the drop boxes a bad thing. It was because of this extraordinary extra effort that Georgia was able to hit new heights in ballots cast in the 2020 election. That was a good thing.”

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger urged that “we not jump to the conclusion that there was any skullduggery involved in these midnight ballot deposits. I’ve already certified that the election was the most secure ever accomplished in our state. Just because a persons deposits hundreds of ballots at at time oesn’t change my initial assessment. There are lots of large families in Georgia and we cannot definitely say that these ballots weren’t all deposited by immediate family members.”