President Trump's second attempt an Obamacare repeal failed today. The Corporate Media's 'healthcare experts', led by people like John Bonifield, are dancing around like a bunch of cannibals around a stewpot; predicting Trump's imminent downfall; fake polling numbers, etc. In reality, Conservatives shouldn't be too alarmed: this is how republics function and another bill is already in the works.
But did this story from last Thursday make it to your local news? On the eve of a vote to repeal Obamacare this came from a US Department of Justice Press Release:
"Attorney-General Jeff Sessions and HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, announced today the largest ever healthcare fraud enforcement action ever undertaken by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 412 charged Defendants across 41 federal jurisdictions, including 115 doctors, nurses, and other licensed healthcare professionals for their alleged participation in healthcare fraud schemes involving approximately $1.3 billion in false billings. Of those charged, over 120 Defendants, including doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing Opioids and other dangerous narcotics. 30 State Medicaid Fraud Control Units also participated in today's arrests. In addition, HHS has initiated suspension actions against 295 providers, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists."
Well, I don't have a degree in Journalism, but it seems to me that breaking up a multi-billion dollar fraud with over 400 arrests of prominent citizens and nearly 300 corrupt healthcare providers shut down might actually rate a headline, at least. But not to the Denizens of the Deep State, who'd rather sweep such stories under the rug lest the public actually suspect that Obamacare is a failed system.
Sessions stated: "Too many trusted medical professionals like doctors, nurses, and pharmacists have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients. Amazingly, some have even turned their practices into multimillion dollar criminal enterprises. They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed. Their actions not only enrich themselves at the expense of taxpayers but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start. The consequences are real: emergency rooms, jail cells, futures lost, and graveyards."
But aren't the Deep State media pundits all telling us that repealing Obamacare will hurt the most vulnerable among us? Secretary Price of HHS added this:
"The United States is home to the world's best medical professionals, but their ability to provide affordable, high-quality healthcare is jeopardized every time a criminal commits healthcare fraud. That is why this Administration is committed to bringing these criminals to justice, as President Trump demonstrated in his 2017 budget request for an additional $70 million investment in the Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Control Program."
But don't the Deep State media pundits tell us that Trump is selfishly cutting these programs to benefit the rich? $70 million invested for a $1.3 billion return sounds like a good deal---whatever one might think of government spending.
The Corporate Media, though, with its connections to the DNC and Big Pharma has a vested interest in keeping the Obamacare scam going. As long as this is so, stories like these never come to public attention.