It takes a special kind of person to steal money from the mentally disabled. And it takes a special kind of state government to let this go on year after year. Welcome to New York, where we have both.From the NYT:
Two brothers who ran the Young Adult Institute Network, an agency for the mentally disabled, under a state contract […] paid themselves about $1 million a year each, plus cars, college tuitions and $50,400 toward a daughter’s purchase of a co-op apartment.
The Center for Discovery in Sullivan County was paying its executive more than $500,000 a year and had spent $52,000 on restaurant and wine tabs.
I am wondering how much corruption and incompetence it took for things to reach this stage. I am also wondering how much fat is built in all down the line — sweetheart deals for suppliers, unsustainable labor contracts, accounting hanky panky and outright fraud.Our dysfunctional medical system is literally ruining the country and all of the fifty states. More than any single other policy problem we have, getting health care right is the key to the future. We are a long way away.