Unfair to fraudsters?

The disgraced former head of Columbia/HCA is spending money through the Swiftboaters’ ad agency to attack Obamacare. Bring it on!

The man who ran Columbia/HCA when it was overbilling Medicare and Medicaid so atrociously that it wound up payign $1.7 billion in fines, and who eventually got canned by his own board, is afraid of the Obama health care plan, and is spending money on the Swiftboaters’ ad agency to spread fear about it.

If I were a Republican, I don’t think this is the ally I’d want to have out front.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com