Willie Sutton got to be the best-known bank-robber in America the old-fashioned way, by robbing, getting caught and jailed from the 1920s into the 70s, and the new fashioned way, by trademarking a very smart remark and becoming a celebrity. Why rob banks? he was asked, because “that’s where the money is.”
Today, guys as smart as Sutton are into health care.
Two particular aspects of the criminalization of medical services have gotten a lot of attention from our guest today, investigative reporter and journalism teacher Joe Eaton,
- the learned helplessness at Medicaid and Medicare, in the face of tens of billions of dollars a year in systemic frauds and…
- the looting of customers of the fast-changing pharmaceutical industry, where the legal predators of overpricing are matched by illegal “black-market” prescription drug manufacturers, distributors and dealers, and, again, where under-funded law enforcement is running way behind the innovators of well-organized crime.
University of Montana Assistant Professor Joe Eaton joined the school’s faculty in the fall of 2013 after a professional career that included work as an award-winning investigative reporter and as a freelance writer for magazines such as National Geographic. Before joining the faculty, he worked as an investigative reporter at the Washington, D.C.- based Center for Public Integrity, where he specialized in database reporting on health care issues. In 2013, he won the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation’s Print Journalism Award for a series exploring rising Medicare costs.