The opioid crisis has been going on for years, and until President Donald Trump all people did was talk about it, but Trump is taking action and draining the “medical swamp.”
The United States health care system is plagued by rampant fraud, both by doctors and patients, there is abuse and profiteering carried out by dishonest doctors and pharmacists.
The Department of Justice announced Thursday charges against 601 people including doctors for taking part in health-care fraud that resulted in over $2 billion in losses and contributed to the nation’s opioid epidemic in some cases.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered prepared remarks, saying:
“This year we are charging 601 people, including 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses, and other medical personnel with more than $2 billion in medical fraud. In this latest operation, with the help of our fabulous partners at HHS, we have charged another 162 people—including 32 doctors—with the illegal distribution of opioids.
This is the most doctors, the most medical personnel, and the most fraud that the Department of Justice has ever taken on in any single law enforcement action. This is the most defendants we’ve ever charged with health care fraud. It’s also the most opioid-related fraud defendants we’ve ever charged in a single enforcement action.”
The arrests came in dozens of unrelated prosecutions the Justice Department announced together as part of an annual health-care fraud takedown.
The hundreds of suspects charged included 162 doctors and other suspects charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing addictive opioid painkillers.
Though many of the cases also involved a variety of schemes to fraudulently bill government health-care programs, officials sought in the latest crackdown to emphasize their efforts to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the epidemic caused more than 42,000 deaths from opioid overdoses in the United States in 2016.
While the Justice Department has been conducting investigations into some opioid manufacturers like OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, the cases stemming from the sweep did not focus on wrongdoing by major corporations.
Many of the criminal cases announced on Thursday involved charges against medical professionals who authorities said had contributed to the country’s opioid epidemic by participating in the unlawful distribution of prescription painkillers.
Those charged included a Florida anesthesiologist accused of running a “pill mill;” a Pennsylvania doctor alleged to have billed an insurer for illegally prescribed opioids; and a Texas pharmacy chain owner and two other people accused of improperly filling orders for opioids that were sold to drug couriers.
The Justice Department also announced other cases unrelated to opioids, including schemes to bill the government health-care programs Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare as well as private insurers for medically unnecessary prescription drugs and compounded medications.
One doctor, explained Sessions, defrauded Medicare of over $112 million, “distributing 2.2 million unnecessary doses of drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl.” (See Opioids.news for more coverage of opioid drugs. Another site launching soon is BadDoctors.news.)
Yet more proof that the failed pharma-central health care system is a massive criminal drug racket
This massive sweep of criminal charges shows that, in many ways, the U.S. health care system is a massive criminal drug racket run by criminal doctors and drug companies who all profit from the mass poisoning of the American people. The fact that 76 doctors and 23 pharmacists are named in these indictments is further proof that many so-called “health care” professionals are nothing but glorified drug dealers, Natural News reports.
“We are sending a clear message to criminals across the country,” added Sessions. “[W]e will find you. We will bring you to justice. And you will pay a very high price for what you have done.”
#MAGA has arrived on the health care scene, and the DOJ is mean as a wolverine when it comes to healthcare fraud.
Now, if we could only get Sessions to issue 600+ indictments for the Clinton Foundationracketeering fraud and other deep state swamp creatures, then we’d really be making progress in this country.
It’s also time for Sessions to join the 21st century and de-list cannabis from being a Schedule I drug.