Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Video: James O'Keefe Stings Ohio Medicaid Office

Now he's just shooting fish in a barrel.

The first investigation released focuses on four Medicaid offices in Ohio. The undercover reporters intimate that they are drug dealers, drive expensive cars, and possess incredible wealth. At no time did the case workers ask the reporters to leave. Even though the reporters admit to making their living through drug dealing or facilitating child prostitution, the case workers never called the police, Child Protective Services or the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In fact, the case workers appear eager to assist the reporters in filling out the necessary Medicaid paperwork.

When one of the reporters inquires about Medicaid for his sick father, he asks that if it will be a problem if he sells the “herbal remedy,” the case worker replies: “Well, I mean, it doesn’t matter what kind of work he does.”

Please be sure to read the entire report.

Via Ace who has this:

Over and over again this is what happens in bureaucracies. There are the paper "rules" that exist in the employee handbook and are entirely hypothetical and notional, and then there are the actual rules for conduct which everyone knows, the rules for keeping your job and not getting hassled and not making the decisions or exercising the judgment you are (supposedly) hired to make or exercise.

We saw this with Major Hassan's superiors. The paper rule was that people exhibiting psychological problems and inability to perform their jobs properly were to be demoted and/or sent for counseling and/or drummed out of the military entirely.

The real rule was "overlook Muslim weirdness because otherwise your career might be stunted or ended."

Bureaucrats respond to the real rule, not the paper rule. And it's plain what the permanent DC bureaucracy has established as the real rule.

The permanent DC bureaucracy and liberal media will claim this woman was just "poorly trained" and "one bad apple."

Nope. If only. She was trained in the paper rule and then was trained, by day to day operation, in the real rule: Just help people scam the government.

Because if you deny someone benefits, you have a person willing and eager to file a complaint against you.

But if you help someone defraud the government, there will be no complaint. Because the only person in a position to complain won't complain, as they're engaged with you in a conspiracy to defraud the government.

Everyone wins, except, of course, the taxpayer, who's paying for con artists and incompetent bureaucrats who refuse to do their jobs. But the taxpayer is never in the room, is he?

Except, once in a while, he is.

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