Recently the State of Indiana, whose Welfare system was described by it’s Governor, Mitch Daniels, as “the worst in the country,” hired IBM as a private contractor to administer it’s Medicare system. And, like any business, the IBM-hired workers started doing things that government has problems with; things like, oh, say . . . verifying eligibility, confirming residency, confirming there’s no fraud in the system.
That kind of stuff.
So now the Dems in Indiana are outraged, outraged I say!, when people are getting kicked off Medicare that can’t produce the necessary documentation.
Heh. Imagine that. So the Dem response is, “Let’s cancel the contract then:
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana welfare officials considering canceling the state’s privately run welfare system have no backup plan in place and critics say it will be hard to undo the privatization of 1,500 state case workers more than two years ago.
Anne Murphy, secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration, confirmed last week that the system led by IBM Corp. and Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services Inc. has so many problems that Indiana could cancel the 10-year, $1.16 billion contract. She asked IBM to submit a “corrective action plan” as part of a process that could result in cancellation of the contract if changes aren’t made by the end of September.
However, Murphy told The Associated Press that her agency doesn’t have a backup plan for running the welfare system that provides benefits to 1.2 million Indiana residents. Top state officials have started discussing what to do if the vendors’ performance doesn’t improve, but no plan has been made.
Hmmmmm . . . sort of like what will happen if Obamacare passes? No way out once the Big Changes come through? Certainly something to remember for later . . . meanwhile, get who’s complaining . . . and what their complaints are:
Welfare clients, their advocates and lawmakers have harshly criticized the IBM team for lost documents, slow approvals and severed eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps and other benefits. Federal food stamp officials also have requested improvements.
Carmel attorney Scott Severns represented a 33-year-old single mother with one child in a telephone hearing on food stamp eligibility last week. The woman had submitted details on her car registration and loan to ACS months before, but the hearing officer denied her claim because she could not provide updated information, Severns said. He also is appealing the denial of the woman’s Medicaid application.
So, in other words, they can only produce one example of a problem; which is obviously a problem with the applicant not being able to provide the correct documentation.
Oh, yeah — that’s a good reason to cancel a multi-billion dollar plan that’s already finding problems with documentation. Blame that messenger!
Cross Posted At Alamo City Pundit