Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Instead of creating a government-run health care program, we should focus on eliminating fraud from the current system. If the government cannot administer the current version, what is going to make the next version different? According to the National Healthcare Anti-Fraud Association the cost of healthcare fraud is “$68 billion. Other estimates by government and law enforcement agencies such as the FBI place the loss due to health care fraud as high as 10 percent of our annual health care expenditure—or an astounding $226 billion.”

Before we go spend another $1,000 billion on health care “reform,” we might want to take care of the crooks and frauds who are taking our money and giving us nothing in return. Instead of increasing the pressure of a hose that is leaking, let’s reduce fraud before we pump more of the taxpayers’ money into health care.

Instead of working for jobs and making sure our tax dollars are wisely spent, we have focused this past week on new energy taxes and new heath care costs. Possibly this Washington focus will change once our representatives return home and talk to people who have lost jobs or had their wages frozen. It’s not about grand visions or making generational changes in policy, it’s about making the lives of everyday people better – and they need jobs.

Just imagine James Carville flying into the Oval Office to hang the slogan that was so effective when Bill Clinton ran for president – “It’s the economy stupid.” I just hope he doesn’t lose his shadow on his way out.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.