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One Billion of Your Tax Dollars Sent to Dead People
Posted By Brian Darling On October 29, 2010 @ 11:00 am In Economics | Comments Disabled
Sen.Tom Coburn (R-OK) put out a report  today documenting one billion in your tax dollars given to dead people. Zombies only exist on Halloween, yet dead people received checks from the federal government in the form of stimulus checks, aid to heat homes, housing subsidies, claims for prescription drugs, and medical supplies.
Dead people are haunting the federal government and taking money away from the living. As Coburn writes in the report, with a $1.3 trillion deficit for his year and a $13.6 trillion amassed debt as a nation, tax dollars should be put to a good use. Coburn writes, “this means spending within our means on the living, not outside our means on the dead.”
A few highlights of the report are as follows:
It does not end there. The Coburn Report also documented Medicaid payments of over $700,000 in prescriptions for 1,800 dead patients and prescriptions for drugs written by 1,200 deceased doctors. Also, Medicare payments of $92 million in medical supplies prescribed by dead doctors and $8.2 million for medical supplies prescribed for non-living patients.
When you hear the often repeated line “where would you cut the budget,” Congress and the American people can point to the Coburn Report as a great example of how to cut billions in dead weight from the federal budget.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.foundry.org/wp-content/uploads/zombie.jpg
 report: http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=243af8a8-7473-442c-82c5-759d675d0364
 James Hagner: http://www.wbaltv.com/money/19435100/detail.html
 Government Accounting Office: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10621.pdf
 GAO: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d071137t.pdf
 HUD office of the Inspector General: http://www.hud.gov/offices/oig/reports/files/ig1060001.pdf
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