Geee Posted October 10, 2012 Share Posted October 10, 2012 American Thinker: Will Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee have to distance herself from Houston's Riverside General Hospital now that top administrators have been caught in a major Medicare fraud scam? Last week's roundup makes me wonder why the Obama administration is cracking down on Medicare/Medicaid fraud in the first place. Aren't they the ones shelling out hundreds of millions to their Solyndra-like cronies with no consequences? Is it to make them look tough on crime, or is it to make sure the recovered monies are going into their own wallets at the end of the day? Since her days on the Houston City Council, Jackson Lee has pushed to use city funds to keep Riverside's doors open. At that time, the councilwoman suggested that the facility was a good investment for the city. Jackson Lee's interest in Riverside goes back to the '80s when her husband Elwyn C. Lee, now University of Houston vice-chancellor (see video), served on Riverside's board from 1981-1988. In his last year at Riverside, Mr. Lee was made chairman of that board, and over the years, husband and wife have been influential in keeping the financially strapped hospital open. Jackson Lee was voted into Congress in 1994, representing the 18th district, where Riverside is located. The president of Riverside, his son, and five others were arrested on October 4 as part of a nationwide Medicare fraud sweep. Earnest Gibson III, chief executive officer of Riverside General Hospital for 30 years, has been charged with bilking $158 million out of Medicare over the last seven years. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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