Closing Thought–04Dec20

Let’s talk about HHS…Department of Health and Human Services….it is in control of Social Security, Medicare, etc…..first the good news…..

The idiot in charge of the Trumpian HHS, Atlas, has resigned…..

A special adviser to President Trump on the pandemic, who had been criticized for his views on stopping the spread of the coronavirus, resigned Monday. Dr. Scott Atlas, who is not an infectious disease expert, got the job in August after Trump saw his appearances on Fox News, the Hill reports. During his brief tenure, Atlas told the people of Michigan they should “rise up” against coronavirus restrictions, criticized restrictions on Russian state television, and posted on Twitter that face masks don’t work—a tweet that was blocked. In his resignation letter, per Fox, he told Trump, “As time went on, like all scientists and health policy scholars, I learned new information and synthesized the latest data from around the world, all in an effort to provide you with the best information to serve the greater public good.”

 

As a special government employee, Atlas was hired for a 130-day tenure that would have ended this week. He made his resignation effective Tuesday. The neuroradiologist had butted heads with White House Coronavirus Task Force members, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, per the AP. Before the holiday, per NBC, he suggested Americans enjoy Thanksgiving in large groups because it might be the last one for some people. Atlas’ other employer, Stanford University, at one point issued a statement disavowing his positions. Atlas “has expressed views that are inconsistent with the university’s approach in response to the pandemic,” Stanford said, while confirming that it supports “using masks, social distancing, and conducting surveillance and diagnostic testing.”

Good riddance!

Now the bad news….HHS has won the Golden Horseshoe Award for pissing away taxpayer cash…..

The Golden Horseshoe is a weekly designation from Just the News intended to highlight egregious examples of wasteful taxpayer spending by the government. The award is named for the horseshoe-shaped toilet seats for military airplanes that cost the Pentagon a whopping $640 each back in the 1980s. 

This week, our award goes to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for spending $106.7 billion on improper payments during 2019.

Improper payments are defined under federal law as “payments made by the government to the wrong person, in the wrong amount, or for the wrong reason.”

https://justthenews.com/accountability/waste-fraud-and-abuse/hold-hhs-spent-1067-billion-improper-payments-2019-less-15

This award use to be named the “Golden Fleece Award”….why cannot the taxpayer recovery the cash that idiot piss away?

Time to re-write the rules for proper execution of governmental programs….

A pipe dream on my part I know….but it feels good to rant.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

4 thoughts on “Closing Thought–04Dec20

  1. Alex M. Azar II heads HHS. Atlas was a special advisor to the president.

    Medicaid and Medicare together involve over $1.2 trillion in spending. Figuring out how to pay for other people’s healthcare with other people’s money is a complicated problem. You expect the government to get it right? What are you going to do? Threaten to fire government bureaucrats?

    1. My bad…you are right….we can have a space force and put people on the Moon then they have the wisdom to help us all stay healthy….fire bureaucrats? I think that has already been tried recently. chuq1

    1. None of these corrupt criminals will ever see the inside of a jail and will suck off the government teat for the rest of their lives. chuq

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