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U.S. Government's Waste in Diapers


Posted by Hayley Robinson on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, 6:12 PM PERMALINK


Tell me again how much our national debt is at right now? Oh yes, $17 trillion and counting. And how much did Medicaid waste on diapers?  $62 million? Right. These diapers must be laced with greatness. That’s the only logical answer. Or is it?

Here’s a hint: MEDICAID. Ironically enough, Obamacare expands the Medicaid program. In other words, it grows the amount of waste in diapers. But just what is the problem with Medicaid this time? Apparently a lack of competitive bidding processes!

Competitive bidding processes. The Medicare website makes it sound so financially sound…so appealing. They tell you that the program helps you AND Medicare save money, and it ensures that you can receive “quality medical equipment, supplies, and services.” I can’t really argue with the quality of the supplies, as Medicaid wasted millions so these diapers must be the best of the best, ultra soft. But saving money? They haven’t really managed to do that either, but the idea sounds nice.

There has to be a reason only 5 states adopted competitive bidding programs for diapers.

A young child with a dirty diaper.

Hmm, maybe because it’s now being seen as the “troubled” bidding system, as some say it was set up to fail. According to Healthcare Matters, the American Association for Homecare has been lobbying against the competitive bidding program from day one. American Association Homecare President Tom Ryan stated, “The best chance we have of relieving the tremendous burden the badly mismanaged Medicare bidding program has put on patients is to develop fixes based on a real marketplace solution.” Maybe if there was a program that was focused on the patients…a program that’s the complete opposite of Obamacare.

There’s hope: a proposal introduced by Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) would get rid of Obamacare and instead, replace it with a system that is “sustainable, affordable, [and] patient-centered.” According to the Washington Free Beacon, Obamacare’s expansion of the Medicaid program would be no more. Instead, patients would be able to apply their Medicaid benefits to a private insurance plan.

People need to look at the bigger problem: Medicare and Medicaid are only wasting money and Obamacare will only give more life to this issue. $62 million is a lot of dough to waste on diapers.

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