I’m getting quite sick of the corporate welfare corruption.
The Skytrain turnstiles financial sledghammer to kill the relatively inexpensive fly of free riders irks me. Doubly so because I think transit should be fare-free anyway.
Now there’s the latest gift to some soon-to-be thrilled corporate shareholder crew of new care cards. A boondoggle solution in search of a problem. If there’s no problem, that’s ok, just estimate the extent of a problem and you’re good to go. Unless you believe in responsible government. And unless you are as concerned as Anonymous is about your identity theft; watch their latest video below.
The new cards will cost $150 million over 3 years.
Two years ago the government estimated care card healthcare fraud cost us all a quarter of a billion dollars.
When asked for “facts”, they produced $3 million in wrongful billing.
So once again this corrupt corporate welfare-loving government is spending 50x the money it is losing to fix a problem.
Follow the money.
The government argues the new cards, which will cost $150 million over five years, will cut back on health care fraud, improve patient safety and provide British Columbians with convenient government ID.
Privacy critics warn that they represent a de facto form of what can easily be turned into a national identity card that can be used to track and control Canadians and that will make it easier for hackers to steal your private health information.
When they were announced two years ago by then health minister Mike de Jong, the cards were pitched as a solution to health care fraud. The government estimated that some $260 million a year was being lost to fraud.
That number was pure speculation, however, since they had identified just $3 million in wrongful billing and no one had been charged for several years with fraud.