Last year the federal government incorrectly paid $67 billion to people and places it should have never gone to, including to many dead people.
In Kite and Key Media’s recent explainer “I Pay Dead People,” a narrator breaks down how billions of taxpayer dollars go “missing” because of government errors and ultimately wind up in the hands of a random rapper or a health care mogul.
“You’d think they’d have absolutely nothing in common. And you’d be right except for one thing. Probably unbeknownst to you. Both of them were robbing you blind,” the video states.
Fraudulent unemployment, Medicaid, or Medicare claims can cause problems too, but as the narrator suggests, the “cumbersome bureaucracy” is often guilty of sending money to people who aren’t even alive anymore.
“Just to be clear, we are describing a scenario in which you earn money at your job, the government removes some of that money from your check, and then the government sends