September 29, 2009, - 10:41 am

Another Great ObamaCare Preview: Will You Be an ObamaCare “Fugitive”?

By Debbie Schlussel

If you aren’t aware of what a Social Security “fugitive” is, read this, and ask yourself, what happens when ObamaCare is enacted?  Will they do the same thing?  Bet on it.


A federal judge approved a civil-court settlement requiring the Social Security Administration to repay $500 million to 80,000 recipients whose benefits it suspended after deeming them fugitives.

The supposed fugitives include a disabled widow with a previously suspended driver’s license, a quadriplegic man in a nursing home and a Nevada grandmother mistaken for a rapist.

They were among at least 200,000 elderly and disabled people who lost their benefits in recent years under what the agency called the “Fugitive Felon” program. Launched in 1996 and extended to Social Security disability and old-age benefits in 2005, the program aimed to save taxpayers money by barring the payment of Social Security benefits to people “fleeing to avoid prosecution.”

But some federal courts in recent years have concluded that most people the agency identified as fleeing felons were neither fleeing nor felons. . . .

Roberta Dobbs, a 75-year-old widow in Durant, Okla., who uses a wheelchair and is tethered to an oxygen tank, was deemed a fugitive in 2006 because of an outstanding 2001 warrant issued in California following a traffic accident while Mrs. Dobbs was moving from her home. Her benefits were cut off for three years, forcing her to rely on friends, family and charity. . . .

Willie Mae Giacanni, 79, a retiree near Reno, Nev., was informed by the Social Security Administration in 2006 that her $350 a month benefit would be suspended because of a warrant outstanding in New York, a state she has never visited.

She said she “called different precincts,” trying to find out what she was wanted for. A detective told her the warrant was for Willie Frank Thomas, who was wanted for kidnapping and rape in 1972. . . .  The detective sent Mrs. Giacanni a letter to give to the Social Security office, stating that the warrant wasn’t for her, but the agency wouldn’t accept it.

Even if people succeeded in clearing their warrants, the SSA had maintained they shouldn’t have been paid benefits while the warrant was outstanding, and pursued them for the “overpayment.” . . .

Catherine and James McMahon, a retired nurse and teacher in their 60s, who unsuccessfully applied for Social Security disability benefits for their son, James Jr., who was struck by a truck and paralyzed in 2006.

The couple was told their son, who resides in a nursing home, was ineligible for benefits because of a 1991 warrant. “It had something to do with a late night college party,” said Mrs. McMahon. Her son, now 35, thought the matter was resolved after several court dates.

This poor couple is raising their quadriplegic son’s two kids. And they had to go through this fight to get a mere $735 a months on which to raise these kids.

This is what the government does for Social Security disability payments to very sick and/or elderly people. (If only our government were this zealous in denying illegal aliens government benefits. But for them, it’s easy street.)

Imagine what happens when they handle our healthcare. You wanna hire a lawyer and go on welfare for years, while you fight for the government to pay for your cancer treatment?

Maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll still be alive when the court case is won. Or, more likely, your estate will be the only thing left around to collect.

This is the exact same bundle of capricious bureaucrats that will be deciding whether or not the government will allow you treatment for breast cancer or leukemia. And they won’t act any more compassionately for you than they did for the parents of a quadriplegic or a wheelchair-bound, oxygen-tank endowed senior citizen.

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6 Responses

Someone please explain this to me:

* Care for illegals – Yes.
* Care for someone mistaken as a fugitive – No.

In the first case we have someone who is inviolation of the law and they get care, in the second case you could have the most upstanding citizen ever and that person is denied care.


I_AM_ME on September 29, 2009 at 11:22 am

remember when the great icon of truth, Ted Kennedy was denied admittance on a flight because his name was on the security watch list. Or even when a toddler was denied travel because the airline thought that 1 year old was a terrorist from Yemen.

Yes the government works in amazingly incompetent ways. Makes ya wonder how we lasted over 200 years. But barry is going to fix it, fix it real good.

ender on September 29, 2009 at 11:31 am

I_AM_ME, this is what happens when fugitive foreign bankers and the global elites run everything in this country. See this list and you will see what I mean…

Bob Porrazzo on September 29, 2009 at 11:33 am

ObamaCare is supposed to be “Free”, right? We all know it won’t be free; our tax dollars will pay for this.

Did you know there is a provision in the House Democrats Health Care Bill under section 163 where you will have to provide the government with your checking account and credit card information? Why is this? Under section 163 it does this to:

“enable the real-time (or near real-time) determination of an individual’s financial responsibility at the point of service and, to the extent possible, prior to service, including whether the individual is eligible for a specific service with a specific physician at a specific facility, which may include utilization of a machine-readable health plan beneficiary identification card”

Further, it has in section 163:

“provide for timely acknowledgement, response, and status reporting applicable to any electronic transaction deemed appropriate by the Secretary”

As you can see, ObamaCare is not free, and they also want access to your financal information and accounts. Who in their right mind would want the government to have access to your finances and take money from it if a bureaucrat deems you owe money for the “Free” health care provided to you? This is very frightening. Can you say “Redistribution of Wealth?”

Jarhead on September 29, 2009 at 11:53 am

A government can never show compassion. Only people do. That is where liberalism’s fate in the redemptive power of the state is belied by reality.

NormanF on September 29, 2009 at 12:14 pm

The Social Security Administration’s response to these incidents is deplorable. Frankly, in some cases, the case managers should be terminated for such abysmal performance.

Sorrow01 on September 29, 2009 at 11:47 pm

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