They aren’t who you think they are, as The Bangor Daily News explains. A snippet (emphasis added):
Over the last five years, judges have ordered nearly $951,000 in restitution from recipients who defrauded benefits programs, or about $190,000 a year. During the same time, the state has recovered nearly $61 million in state and federal money from providers for Medicare fraud, or more than $12 million a year.
Following the money, the focus should be on provider fraud, not demonizing individual recipients of benefits.
“We shouldn’t ignore eligibility fraud,” (Maine–ed.) Attorney General Janet Mills said last year. “We shouldn’t ignore recipient fraud; we shouldn’t ignore any allegations that somebody is getting state or federal benefits who isn’t really eligible for them, but the big fish are the corporations, the major pharmaceutical companies and the providers that have been ripping off the state Medicaid program for years to the tune of millions of dollars.”
Think about that the next time you see one of those commercials for something you probably don’t need at a price which goes unstated along with assurances that it’s “covered by Medicare.”