Watchwoman: Hey, if dead people can vote for Democrats, why shouldn’t the government continue paying them benefits? L☺L! The epitome of government efficiency, right! Now, think about this, these are the people who are going to be in charge of your health care! And have access to your complete medical records! I don’t call it Obamacare anymore, I call it ObamaScare! Or ObaMassacre! ▬ Donna Calvin
Gov’t paid $600 million in benefits to dead people
By SAM HANANEL
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has doled out more than $600 million in benefit payments to dead people over the past five years, a watchdog report says. Such payments are meant for retired or disabled federal workers, but sometimes the checks keep going out even after the former employees pass away and the deaths are not reported, according to the report this week from the Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general, Patrick McFarland. In one case, the son of a beneficiary continued receiving payments for 37 years after his father’s death in 1971. The payments – totaling more than $515,000 – were only discovered when the son died in 2008. The government has been aware of the problem since a 2005 inspector general’s report revealed defects in the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund. Yet the improper payments have continued, despite more than a half dozen attempts to develop a system that can figure out which beneficiaries are still alive and which are dead, the report said.