Unbeknownst to most American taxpayers, they’re on the hook to cover the funeral costs of many COVID-19 victims. Thanks to a Biden administration program that reimburses up to $35,500 to applicants who buried a loved one, funerals are the newest entitlement program.
It doesn’t matter if they’re rich or poor so long as they have a death certificate listing COVID-19 as the cause of death. Oh, and if they don’t have that, the FEMA website provides a handy FAQ section providing guidance on how to amend a death certificate to attribute the death to COVID-19.
Given the much higher reimbursement rates hospitals received for treating COVID-19 patients, it’s hard to imagine there are a lot of deaths that were improperly attributed to other causes. It’s much more plausible to imagine deaths resulting from other causes being attributed to COVID-19.
Given an incentive worth tens of thousands of dollars, how easy would it be to reclassify a death based on an earlier exposure or positive test, even if unrelated to the actual cause of death?
This is a program ripe for abuse. Earlier this month Sens. Mike Braun, R-Ind., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, raised questions about