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“Hun­dreds of fed­eral agents swept five cities, in­clud­ing Mi­ami, ear­lier this month to ar­rest 94 peo­ple ac­cused of steal­ing $251 mil­lion from tax­pay­ers by sub­mit­ting bo­gus Medi­care re­im­burse­ment claims. … Fraud on such a mas­sive scale has driven up the cost of health­care in the United States and af­fected the sol­vency of Medi­care. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion needs to keep turn­ing up the pres­sure and make ex­am­ples of those who per­pe­trate these frauds that af­fect all tax­pay­ers.”

—St.Peters­burg (Fla.) Times “How re­fresh­ing to see the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion start­ing to tell the truth about the health­care over­haul en­acted in the spring by the Demo­cratic ma­jor­ity in Congress. The con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of that law, which in­cludes a man­date upon ev­ery Amer­i­can ei­ther to buy health in­surance or to pay a penalty to the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice, has been chal­lenged by 20 states and sev­eral pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions. In re­sponse to the le­gal chal­lenge, the Jus­tice Depart­ment has ad­mit­ted that the in­di­vid­ual man­date is in­deed a tax, some­thing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama de­nied re­peat­edly dur­ing a Septem­ber tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ance.”

— Colum­bus (Ohio) Dispatch

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