Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma chaired a hearing of the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee on the topic of Disability Fraud. The hearing was revealing, as are these articles (CBS News/60 Minutes, ABAJournal, C-Span). Coburn, a physician himself, detailed one fraud scheme.
As he details the boilerplate employed by those named in the current scheme, including attorneys and physicians, one can’t help but wonder if those involved in the system were not aware of the abuse as it took place, only to ignore the sham claims that were being approved by the thousands.
Perhaps the tide is shifting against the tolerance for misuse of the system. Unclear in this matter is what will take place with the claimants who have received millions if not billions of dollars as a result of fraud.