Free Money — For Idiots

So I’m reading on page one of the New York Times that a lot of Americans aren’t taking their meds as prescribed.  They’re forgetting.  And “such lapses,” the Times informs us, “fuel more than $100 billion dollars in health care costs annually because those patients often get sicker.”

Seems like one-third to one-half of all patients don’t take their medication as prescribed and as many as 25 percent don’t even get their prescriptions filled.  That’s a lot of forgetting.

What to do?  How about paying these forgetful people cash money to remember to take their medicine?  That’s right – pay them cash if they do not do what they’re supposed to do.  According to the Times, “In a Philadelphia program people prescribed warfarin, an anti-blood-clot medication, can win $10 or $100 each day they take the drug – a kind of lottery using a computerized pillbox to record if they took the medicine and whether they won that day.”

“I would forget to take it,” one patient said.  “But in the six-month lottery program,” the Times reports, she [the patient] pocketed about $300.” When she started getting paid, she started to remember to take her meds.

Brilliant!

In case you’re wondering, responsible patients – the ones who followed doctors orders and took their medicine — got paid exactly nothing.  No need to pay them.  They did what they were supposed to.  The only ones who got rewarded were the dummies.

But remember, it works; it saves money in the long run.  So why stop with medical patients.  Let’s pay kids who “forget” to go to school but remember to hang out on the street corner all day. They cost society a lot in the long run, too.  Some of them become criminals, with all the attendant costs to taxpayers.  Some go on welfare, which cost the rest of us dearly.  So let’s pay them cash to go to school. Think of how much we’ll be saving.  And of course there’s no need to pay the kids who actually go to class.  We wouldn’t want to reward good behavior, now would we?

And let’s also pay criminals.  Let’s say some guy who breaks into houses and cars can steal $1000 worth of stuff a month.  When he fences the goods he may get less than $100.  So let’s all chip in – via taxes – and pay him, oh, say $125 a month to stop stealing.  That’ll save us lots of money in the long run.  Law-abiding citizens, of course, while they get to pay the criminal, get no payment themselves.  That would be a waste of tax-payers’ money.

We could also pay people who bought houses they couldn’t afford — to keep them from defaulting on their loans and going into foreclosure.  No one wants foreclosure, right?  It’s the kind of thing that can ruin a neighborhood.

We might even go back to our old welfare system where we paid women more and more money for having more and more babies.  Each time they had a new kid, their welfare check would go up. Hey, a little up front money might prevent them from having three or four or six or ten kids.  Imagine how much money we’d save if we paid women on welfare more and more money for having fewer and fewer kids.

I like this idea — a lot.  It teaches us a couple of important lessons about American values.  First, if you’re stupid and irresponsible, you can get free money.  And second, if you do the right thing, you get to pay for all the idiots who don’t.

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  • http://www.watchkendrasextapefree.com Janette Munsell

    I was so happy when I found it. a site (I? got the link to it in me channel)

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    REP E CLEAVER D-MO EARMARK $ 48 BILLION FOR IN HOME CHILD DAY

    CARE CENTER, PLANS TO GIVE THE MONEY AWAY TO STIMULATE THE

    NEIGHBORHOOD ECONOMY. GEE, I THOUGHT THAT WAS MY MONEY

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    MONEY FOR NOTHING OR IDIOTS, THE ANSWER IS:: PIGFORD FARMS

    NEED COMPLETE INVESTIGATION & HEARINGS ON THIS BILLION $

    GIVEAWAY PROGRAM ! !

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    THIS MONEY FOR IDIOTS, OBA-MAO PLANS TO GIVE HAMAS/ PALESTINE

    $ 150 MILLION, THEN TOLD ISRAEL NO BUILDING IN THEIR OWN CAPITAL.

    2012 ABSENTEE BALLOTS FROM HAMAS

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    FREE MONEY FOR OBAMAS TRIP BY US TAXPAYERS, IF PEOPLE WERE
    PAYED $50.000 EACH FAMILY, HOW MANY WOULD THERE BE USING THE
    TOTAL COST OF INDIA???
    A SECRET MEMO WAS DISCOVERED BY “BEAU” THE WH DOG AND TURN OVER TO THE AUTHORITIES. IT READ UPON SITTING AT THE THRONE IN
    INDIA, MR OBAMA WILL BE DECLARED ” KING OF THE WORLD”.

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    FREE MONEY FOR IDIOTS, YES THE STIMULUS GAVE ROBIN CARNAHAN’S
    BROTHER 107 MILLION FOR HIS WIND FARM. THATS REAL HOT AIR!

    ATTENTION MISSOURI, PLUS ROBIN’ NOT ONLY IN OBAMAS POCKET, BUT
    SHE BEEN HOOKED UP WITH “ACORN ” IN THE RECENT PAST.

  • TOMMY FREEDOM

    HEY BERNIE, NEWS FLASH THE GREAT DNC PULLED THE CAMPAIGN
    FUNDS FOR THE MISSOURI CANDIDATE. THEY DECIDED
    THE BUCKS COULD GO TO BETTER USE ELSEWHERE.
    THE ” ROBIN ” CARNAHAN GOT KICKED OUT OF THE NEST !

  • http://kendrawilkinsonsextape.tumblr.com Kendra Wilkinson

    well i just moved to Los Angeles and im starting to model here! I love Kendra Wilkinson and this blog

  • Millie G

    My daughter was dismayed when her friend who had a baby at 16 got to go to a “light duty” school to finish high school, got a good job with a good company given to her, got medical for her baby, etc. While my daughter got no special treatment for doing what she was supposed to do and not have a baby out of wedlock. She said “Doesn’t that encourage girls to have babies at 16?” I said “Well that’s not how it was supposed to work, but yes, that’s how it came out.”

  • Bill Carlson

    Maybe they are “forgetting to take their medication” because they DON’T have the money to pay for it??

    • The Refounding Father

      So? Who pays for it if they can’t? I sure as hell don’t want to. I have my own health issues that I pay for MYSELF. Enough with the handouts. There are TOO MANY handouts.

  • Doug Fenton

    The only time this practice would be beneficial is if we paid Congressmen more to stay home than to go to Washington. To keep Democrats from showing up may require a $50,000 bonus.

  • Edo San

    Want another example? The DA in Atlanta helped contribute to a fund that bought bicycles for kids who attended school. How about a fund to hire more truant officers? What a joke – rewarding people for what they are supposed to do. Thanks, nanny state.

  • Florida Jim

    I take Wayfarin and have for several years. It is necessary to keep my blotting at a certain level. If I do not take it my blood gets thick and may clot so it is kind of important for me to remember, which I do without any government reminders. More stupidity from the elitists who want to control every aspect of our lives because we are too stupid.

  • Nancy

    Bernie,

    Sad thing is, then some of these “lottery winners”, go take the money and buy drugs or alcohol thus negating the supposed positive effect on health care costs.

  • http://harveyalexander.weebly.com Aldous Huxley’s Ghost

    How about, take your medecine or die, it’s up to you, getting more people to take pharmaceutical drugs and using taxpayers money to ensure they do sounds like the sort of scheme the Big Pharma might lobby for.
    What’s the betting this plan will be implemented.

  • Mark Dannreuther

    ACORN is synonymous with voter-registration fraud. Voter-registration fraud is crooked. It is a criminal enterprise. ACORN workers have been CONVICTED of filing false voter-registration forms.

    That’s just a little something you overlooked, Wil…but, hey, it’s not the first time you screwed up. I suspect that it won’t be the last.

    • Stephen Shields

      Aside from being wrong, Wil has once agian ventured completely off topic in attempt to sound informed. Fail and Fail.

      • Mark Dannreuther

        From what I’ve seen in here, Stephen, Wil’s compass spins like a weather vane in a windstorm, so it IS difficult for him to stay on track/stay on course/stay on topic.

    • http://consortiumnews.com/2010/033110.html Wil Burns

      Mark, I have been short changed at major department stores at one time or another. Does that mean the entire company is corrupt. Hell no! Get real!

      • Mark Dannreuther

        “The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Wil, based on your posts in here, you: A) Should know that; B) You’re living proof of that; C) A culture of corruption is endemic to ACORN.

        You need to wise up.

        • http://consortiumnews.com/2010/033110.html Wil Burns

          The only crime committed was the fraud O’Keefe used when he doctored the tape. That is fraud. ACORN’S directors should sue as private individuals for the damage to their reputations.

  • http://consortiumnews.com/2010/033110.html Wil Burns

    A just-issued report by the Government Accountability Office that reviewed ACORN’s federal funding at the behest of Congress found little grist for the mill for politicians or right-wing bloggers looking to bash the now-defunct advocacy group for the poor.

    The 38-page report surveyed over 31 federal agencies, probing how ACORN used federal funds and whether adequate controls on spending existed.

    The report found no evidence of fraud, lax oversight or misuse of federal funds.

    —————————————–
    I just thought you people would want to know.

    Your welcome!

    • Stephen Shields

      What does this have to do wtih the article, strawman? ACORN was as crooked as your brain is small.

      • http://consortiumnews.com/2010/033110.html Wil Burns

        Bozo, Not according to the Government Accountability Office!

        • Stephen Shields

          All the GAO said was they didn’t missappropriate federal funds. It doesn’t mean they weren’t crooked, learn the difference. You can take your Huffington Post article and shove it, right next to your head.

          • CCNV

            As usual, Wil is telling the truth…up to a point. First, the report is PRELIMINARY and that is also the title of the GAO report. Only ONE out of SIX agencies (Table 4, Pg. 19) has returned a REVIEW – definitely a LONG way from finding “no evidence of fraud, lax oversight or misuse of federal funds”.

            Wil, I just thought YOUR people would want to know.

            You’re welcome!

          • http://consortiumnews.com/2010/033110.html Wil Burns

            SS, It doesn’t mean they WERE crooked, now did it! What a tool you are!

          • Stephen Shields

            Wil, how far is your head up your ass? I’m guessing it is to the point know where you can’t tell the difference. What did ACORN have to do with Bernie’s article? How is OZ scarecrow?

    • Old Friend of Wil

      Wil,
      You seem a little incoherent today.
      The aluminum foil covering your head to stop microwave interference & the government from listening to your thoughts may be wrapped a little too tight, loosen it it will work just as well. Also recheck the air vents to insure the proper air supply. Take care buddy.

      • EddieD_Boston

        I laughed out loud reading this,

        • Bruce A.

          Eddie, that’s not nice! More people would probably wear alum.foil on their heads if people like you would not laugh at them.

      • http://consortiumnews.com/2010/033110.html Wil Burns

        What is incohernt about my article. You don’t say.

        • Bruce A.

          You are off subject, Acorn is not discussed by Bernies current column.
          Maybe it will be covered at a later date. Send the suggestion in.

    • Mark Dannreuther

      ACORN is synonymous with voter-registration fraud. Voter-registration fraud is crooked. It is a criminal enterprise. ACORN workers have been CONVICTED of filing false voter-registration forms.

      Just a little something you overlooked, Wil…but, hey, it’s not the first time you screwed up. I suspect that it won’t be the last.

  • stmichrick

    Who said ” a democracy can exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury”?

    Or something like that.

    • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

      This is one of the reasons why, in the orignal version of the Constitution as ratified in 1788, the people voted for their representatives in the House, and that was ALL they voted for. Senators were provided by the state with no manner of choosing them specified, and the president was voted on by a small number of electors provided by each state (who, technically at least, elect the president to this day, but these electors mindlessly follow the ballot count on Nov 4th, so these days the president is de facto elected by the people.)

      The Founders, as I understand them, wanted to include a democratic element in government, hence the general vote for the most populous branch of government (i.e., the House), but they realized that too much democracy would result in the inmates running the asylum, so to speak, and chaos would ensue.

      Hard to find the right balance between a dictatorship on the one hand and mob rule on the other. (James Madison famously said that even if every member in the Athenian Assembly had been a Socrates, the result would have been a mob.)

  • Stephen Shields

    This might be a little off topic, but doctors should stop writing prescriptions for every little ache, pain, sniffle or tickle of the throat. Most doctors, probably the same individuals who will end up paying for this idiocy, are moving towards prescriptions of physical therapy for aches and pains. It isn’t addicting, it can be rescheduled and insurance companies prefer paying for physical therapy over prescription medication.

  • Ron Kean

    Everytime you buy the New York Times you’re rewarding them for running silliness like this.

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  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    And from now on, those who forget to pay their taxes are automatically entered into the rebate lottery.

  • Busybee

    And don’t we already pay farmers not to grow certain crops?

  • Jesse D. Orozco

    And this surprises … who, anymore?

  • http://www.bigbureaucracy.com/ Ellie Velinska

    Or we can make them pay penalty to make an example of them?

    I believe all we can do without being creepy socialistic is advice people to be good for their own sake.
    Take your pills, because it is good for you and your family.

    May be friends and family are supposed to put the pressure on the individual – as they are the closest to him/her – not the Gov.

    When we measure individual behavior with the “society impact” ruler – it is always questionable and creepy.

  • David W

    Reminds me of another story I read a while back of the school board of a major city not allowing the posting of honor rolls on the school boards in the schools. They felt like it would be negative to those students who did not make it. It is beyond me intelligent people rewarding bad behavior expecting different results….for crying out loud!

  • http://hcauditor.org Dusty Rhodes

    Basic common sense very well stated. It’s just amazing that well-meaning people can not see how this kind of taxpayer-paud bribery is long-term counter-productive.

  • Bruce A.

    Bernie, If I don’t tell myself you are making this up I would not be able to sleep at night.
    I know, the truth is stranger than fiction. You can’t make this stuff up.

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  • Joe

    That would be a deal, make it happen!