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Dec 14, 2008

Political Contributions for Medicare Reimbursement

12/14/08 - Insureblog by Mike Feehan
Ill in Illinois?
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan:
[edited] Illinois is behind in paying its bills, in particular to Medicaid providers. We have delineated the criminal acts. Blogojevich withheld Medicaid reimbursement to Children's Memorial Hospital unless he received a campaign contribution from its CEO.

This provides a glimpse behind the curtains. It shows how government control of the health care system is turned into political control of graft. It’s not a pretty picture: First, withhold government funds. Then, extract political favors as a condition for freeing up the flow of government funds. Patients suffer – but hey who cares?

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