By David E. Haynes
Millions of Americans rely upon the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs for their health care services. In order to fund these critical services, the federal government spends billions each year. In 2013, the federal government spent $772 billion on health insurance programs, nearly two-thirds of which went to Medicare. The funds for Medicare and Medicaid are financed by companies and individuals, who contribute by paying taxes. (more…)
Missouri House Republicans are making a third push to limit whistleblower defenses. Legislation sponsored by Rep. Kevin Elmer proposes to “codify the existing common law exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine, and to limit their future expansion by the courts.”
If passed into law, the bill would “provide the exclusive remedy” for whistle blower reprisal, abolishing common law protections that are not incorporated. Employees who witness wrongdoing would be discouraged by such a law from disclosing it.
Ever wondered who the biggest culprits are, when it comes to defrauding the taxpayers of the United States?
The answer to that question may surprise you.
At the North American premiere of “Chasing Madoff,” a Canadian film about the man who blew the whistle on Bernard Madoff, Harry Markopolos, the whistleblower, received a standing ovation, but said he didn’t feel like a hero (Reuters).
“I was scared. I carried a gun and checked for bombs for six years,” he recounted.