http://www.cbsnews.com/news/uncle-sam-made-100b-in-improper-payments-last-year-agencies-estimate/ Seems the US government pays billions incorrectly. That means without proper documentation at best or simply fraud at worst. And, as far as I can tell, these figures do not include the huge unverificable mess that is Obamacare. There is a sort of vague idea among people with active social agendas that it is better to pay a hundred people money they shouldn't get than to not pay one person who meets the criteria of the program. And that questioning people is an automatic violation of their human rights. So the results are that it is much easier for the government to avoid media criticism by overpaying people, who rarely complain to the press that they got more than they were due, than to pay for procedures that will inevitably result in someone complaining how the mean, nasty government screwed them over. The end result of this vague do-good idea is that it does more than pay out other people's money wastefully, it also creates a culture where theft is thought to be an actual right. Congress should never approve a giving away of money without paying for and requiring a quality control procedure that works. If there is no way to verify, then that should be a red flag that it is not a good idea.