Here’s a depressing report to darken your mood this Halloween. According to a report by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), the federal government handed over $1 billion of your tax dollars to the deceased. Worse set, some of these recipients didn’t even pass away recently.
Tens of thousands of stimulus checks went to people who are no longer living. James Hagner even received a $250 check for his mother. She passed away in 1967.
The Department of Health and Human Services sent out 11,000 checks to the deceased to help with their heating and cooling costs. Those subsidies alone cost taxpayers nearly $4 million.
The Department of Agriculture was really generous, handing over $1.1 billion to deceased farmers. In 2007, we provided subsidies to more than 170,000 no-longer-living farmers.
And there’s more:
The Coburn Report also documented Medicaid payments of over $700,000 in prescriptions for 1,800 dead patients and prescriptions for drugs written by 1,200 deceased doctors. Also, Medicare payments of $92 million in medical supplies prescribed by dead doctors and $8.2 million for medical supplies prescribed for non-living patients.
I’m all for helping people heat their homes in winter. And I’ve got nothing against covering medical costs for our nation’s senior citizens. But could we at least make sure the people we’re helping are alive?