The Skinners get back from vacation and what appeared in the mailbox?
Along with the other accumulated mail were two postcards from Congressman Peter Roskam, the incumbent in the current 6th Congressional District who seeks to represent the newly-Madiganized 6th District. (It now goes from Roskam’s hometown of Wheaton to the northwest all the way to the northwestern corner of Algonquin Township. That’s the point where Algonquin, Grafton, Dorr and Nunda Townships meet.
The subject of both was Medicare fraud.)
The first has a big hammer labeled “Medicare Fraud” that has smashed the glass in a frame of a photo of an older couple.
Saying such fraud costs $60 billion a year, Roskam promotes his “FAST Act.” (“FAST” standing for “The Fighting Fraud and Abuse to Save Taxpayer Dollars Act.”)
The postcard says that 10% of Medicare expenditures are fraudulent or abuse.
Roskam says “cutting edge technology will reduce fraudulent payments to less than .01%.”
It’s endorsed by AARP and Citizens Against Government Waste and “supported by the White House and Republicans and Democrats in Congress.”
The second (or maybe it was the first) postcard about Medicare waste talks about $50 million of Medicare fraud.
That’s a bit strange, since the other one claimed waste to be $60 million.
The address side has a crumpled up dollar bill, plus the message that one out of ten Medicare dollars “is wasted due to fraud and abuse.”