Proponents of Obamacare (aka socialized medicine) like to point out that the World Health Organization (WHO) rated Cuba’s Healthcare System better than the U.S. system.
First, let’s be clear, WHO rated the U.S. system the most responsive system in the world (and I’ve pointed this fact out on this blog, twice before – MOST RESPONSIVE means best quality of care.). So, what caused Cuba’s overall rating to be higher? WHO rated the U.S. 54-55th in terms of “Fairness in Financial Contribution” — meaning that the Government wasn’t subsidizing sufficiently for UN Bureaucrats despite the obvious high quality of the care. Where did Cuba rank in terms of “Fairness in Financial Contribution”? 23rd-25th.
Given the fact that the U.S. has been supplying a $31 million subsidy to Cuba, perhaps Cuba’s rating will be lowered… But don’t hold your breadth…
In an unprecedented case, federal prosecutors have charged a Miami man with engaging in a massive money-laundering operation that moved millions stolen from the federal Medicare program into Cuban banks.
Prosecutors say Oscar Sanchez, 46, was a key leader in a group that funneled $31 million in Medicare dollars into banks in Havana — the first such case that directly traces money fleeced from the beleaguered program into the Cuban banking system.
Most of the money moved through an intricate web of foreign shell companies before ending up in Cuba, to avoid being detected in the United States, said investigators.
“We’re obviously dealing with a very sophisticated network,” said Ron Davidson, an assistant U.S. attorney, during a court hearing on Monday.
The federal investigation marks the first time prosecutors have brought a cash-for-Cuba case in the ongoing battle against Medicare fraud in South Florida, which leads the nation in dollars fleeced from taxpayers.