The truth is almost no one in government, with the exception of a very small (but growing) group in Congress, cares about where your tax dollars go. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that the beast is fed, the continents placated with “gifts,” and that the status quo remains the status quo. The folks in Washington, law makers and bureaucracy alike, know that they’ve got a good thing going for themselves.
Consider that roughly half of Americans pay no federal income tax. Consider that many of the people who pay no federal income tax benefit from various government programs which contribute their collective bottom lines. Consider also that many many corporations and other special interests benefit from government programs of one or another sort. Consider that with each year the government becomes more powerful.
No wonder the middle class, which pays a large chunk of the tax bill in this country feels increasingly shafted.
(From The Washington Free Beacon)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) repeatedly handcuffed ACLR, the claims contend. Bureaucrats made their position plain at the outset, telling the company at a February 2011 “kickoff party” that they wanted to “minimize the impact on plan sponsors,” primarily the major pharmacy chains whose powerful benefit managers are key intermediaries in the prescription program. The bureaucrats did not want to recover “too much money,” according to the claims.
During a November 2011 conference call on which ACLR insisted on recovery efforts, a government contracting officer warned company officials darkly, “We all know that’s not in your best interests,” the claim states. And a former ACLR executive said another bureaucrat once screamed at him and left the room rather than discuss the possibility of getting back large sums.
The government would not comment for this article but denies the charges in its response to the motions. Justice Department lawyers in effect sided with the Medicare payees, stating that “plan sponsors expressed concerns over the large number of (prescriptions) misidentified as improper by ACLR.” The matter is currently pending.