I guess I don't understand: why are means-tested programs always the ones singled-out as susceptible to fraud? Means-tested programs are not the only burdens on taxpayers.

Means-tested programs (from CBO):


-The low-income subsidy (LIS) for Part D of Medicare (the part of Medicare that provides prescription drug benefits),

-The refundable portion of the earned income tax credit (EITC),

-The refundable portion of the child tax credit (CTC),

-Supplemental Security Income (SSI),

-Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF),

-The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called the Food Stamp program),

-Child nutrition programs,

-Housing assistance programs, and

-The Federal Pell Grant Program.

CBO | Growth in Means-Tested Programs and Tax Credits for Low-Income Households '
CBO | Federal Means-Tested Programs and Tax Credits - Infographic

More info about SNAP and SNAP fraud:
CBO | The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Infographic
What is SNAP Fraud (FNS says fraud has fallen to 1 cent per dollar.)
What is FNS Doing to Stop SNAP Fraud
http://www.fns.usda.gov/ora/menu/Pub...006Summary.pdf (summary of report on fraud in SNAP)

Medicaid spending is currently the largest of the means-tested programs (40%). (CBO says that the next large means-tested program will be related to people buying insurance through the health exchanges starting next week. Will people who buy insurance off the exchanges be the next stigmatized group?) Just so everyone knows, a lot of Medicaid fraud is typically not from the poor beneficiaries but from providers and suppliers, capitalizing on capitalism.

More info on Medicaid:

As I said, the poor are fair game.

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Last edited by curlyarca; 09-23-2013 at 08:55 PM.