by Max Brantley
Top of the morning to you (belatedly, I realized it was no longer Monday, they all look about the same to me). Another slow day at the outset.
* MEDICAID FRAUD WATCH: AP's Andrew DeMillo previews the new bureaucracy — with additional employees — created by the Republican-majority legislature as one of the fig leafs to cover their decision to grab Obamacare dollars for Arkansas. It will transfer the Medicaid fraud unit out of the Department of Human Services to an independent agency, complete with new director, new legal counsel and presumably some other new costs of establishing its independency. Republicans insist this move will root out even more fraud and abuse. We're emulating Texas, see. If it's good enough for Rick Perry .... Anyway, the real test will come with the first annual report. Is the focus on the big money fraud games run by crooked providers? Or will the focus be on penny ante cases of services received by ineligible people? And will the savings be better than those already being recorded?