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From the AARP Bulletin Print Edition, December 1, 2010
Fighting Medicare fraud
Recent news stories — including the AARP Bulletin's "Medicare Fraud" [November] — on the mind-boggling extent of this crime leave honest Americans shaking our heads and wondering what more can be done amid tight budgets.
As a retired senior manager for the Internal Revenue Service, I would love to volunteer my time to pore over suspicious claims, follow up on consumer tips, etc. Retirees represent a huge pool of largely untapped talent. Why not mobilize such a resource?
Jackie D. Reilly
The heart of taxes
I was going to argue some points in "The Great Tax Debate That Wasn't" [Editor's Letter]. But then I read the last section, regarding the inscription at the IRS headquarters building: "Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society."
Does the extraction of wealth from productive citizens to support government inefficiency, waste, fraud, failed policies and an entitlement society equal a civilized society?
I must be in a third dimension. I am on my way to Washington with chisel in hand.
I enjoyed the article about personalized "happy coffins" ["A Happy Final Resting Place," In the News]. My brother was diagnosed with a terminal illness and planned his own funeral. His towing/salvage yard business was known for its bright orange trucks, signs and even clothes, so he wanted a bright orange coffin.
The coffin company said it couldn't provide that, so he made arrangements with an auto paint shop. In the end, the coffin company did find a way, and at the funeral there was a sea of orange.
Most people sent bright orange flower arrangements, and, of course, there was his coffin. It brought us comfort, and even some humor, at a sad time.
Marilyn R. Kroner
Regarding the concern that mandatory health insurance represents a "slippery slope" ["Health Care Law," Letters]: Most states have had mandatory auto insurance laws for many, many years.
At the time they were instituted, a chief argument for them was to save the taxpayers money, protecting us from bills incurred by persons injured in accidents of uninsured motorists.
Mandatory health insurance reflects a similar situation. Taxpayers are paying for medical care for persons who don't have health insurance. I think that over time it will prove to be far cheaper, both financially and societally, for all of us if everyone can access the health care they need.
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