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Sat Dec 7, 2019, 08:40 PM

Medicare chief asked taxpayers to cover stolen jewelry

Source: Politico

Seema Verma requested $47,000 for items taken from an SUV that took her to a speech.

By DAN DIAMOND

12/07/2019 07:44 PM EST

Updated: 12/07/2019 09:33 PM EST

A top Trump health appointee sought to have taxpayers reimburse her for the costs of jewelry, clothing and other possessions, including a $5,900 Ivanka Trump-brand pendant, that were stolen while in her luggage during a work-related trip, according to documents obtained by POLITICO.

Seema Verma, who runs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, filed a $47,000 claim for lost property on Aug. 20, 2018, after her bags were stolen while she was giving a speech in San Francisco the prior month. The property was not insured, Verma wrote in her filing to the Health and Human Services department.

The federal health department ultimately reimbursed Verma $2,852.40 for her claim, a CMS spokesperson said.

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Verma’s claim included $43,065 for about two dozen pieces of jewelry, based off an appraisal she'd received from a jeweler about three weeks after the theft. Among Verma's stolen jewelry was an Ivanka Trump-brand pendant, made of gold, prasiolite and diamonds, that Verma’s jeweler valued at $5,900.

Verma’s claim also included about $2,000 to cover the cost of her stolen clothes and another $2,000 to cover the cost of other stolen goods, including a $325 claim for moisturizer and a $349 claim for noise-cancelling headphones.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes CMS, said the department has a longstanding policy of paying for certain goods when they are lost during a work trip, so long as they “are not inherently for other uses,” which is why Verma was partially reimbursed.

"When paying for such goods, the department pays a discounted rate based on age for the items that were lost," the spokesperson said. "It’s perfectly appropriate that the administrator filed a personal property loss claim for goods stolen while on work travel and this is not an unusual practice for federal employees."

But the department is expressly prohibited from reimbursing staff for lost items like jewelry, the spokesperson said.
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Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/07/medicare-chief-asked-taxpayers-to-cover-stolen-jewelry-077761



Kevin M. Kruse Retweeted

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honestly, owning an Ivanka brand pendant merits resignation on its own




BREAKING: A Trump health appointee sought to have taxpayers reimburse her for the costs of jewelry and clothing, including a $5,900 Ivanka Trump-brand pendant, stolen on a work-related trip




She “conveniently” had an appraisal done 2 weeks before the “theft” happened? Hmmmmmm.




Looks like it was planned all along. Appraisals done 3 weeks before the trip? Give me a small break. This is common practice for government employees? Seems like a racket to me.


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Reply Medicare chief asked taxpayers to cover stolen jewelry (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Dec 7 OP
Ohiogal Dec 7 #1
dalton99a Dec 7 #9
FM123 Dec 8 #19
Hoyt Dec 7 #2
Maraya1969 Dec 7 #3
greatauntoftriplets Dec 7 #4
ProfessorGAC Dec 8 #22
babylonsister Dec 7 #5
erronis Dec 7 #6
sheshe2 Dec 7 #7
dalton99a Dec 7 #8
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 8 #18
CurtEastPoint Dec 7 #10
Flaleftist Dec 7 #11
catrose Dec 7 #12
demigoddess Dec 8 #26
turbinetree Dec 8 #13
keithbvadu2 Dec 8 #14
JohnnyRingo Dec 8 #15
Sherman A1 Dec 8 #16
mahatmakanejeeves Dec 8 #17
dalton99a Dec 8 #21
DENVERPOPS Dec 8 #25
Karma13612 Dec 8 #20
ProfessorGAC Dec 8 #23
Karma13612 Dec 8 #24
mahatmakanejeeves Dec 9 #27
mahatmakanejeeves Dec 9 #28

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 08:52 PM

1. Uugghh

This woman is evil! She started out in Indiana under Pence making Medicaid into a complicated and Draconian debacle, and I guess she was so good at it she got promoted to the Federal level under the Dump regime. How fitting that she expects taxpayers to bail her out. She fits right in with the rest of the swamp dwellers.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 09:21 PM

9. +1

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 08:52 AM

19. perfect summary in every way

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 08:54 PM

2. Another example of trump family profiting from the Presidency. Nobody buys that Ivanka junk unless

forced to.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 09:04 PM

3. $47,000 worth of jewelry? That could be a downpayment on a house for a homeless person

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 09:05 PM

4. Only a complete fool would leave $47,000 worth of jewelry in an SUV.

What a nitwit.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 10:14 AM

22. Distilled To Its Essence

A nitwit, indeed!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 09:15 PM

5. She should have had it insured.

No way we'd be reimbursed.

And she needed all that for one night?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 09:19 PM

6. Correction: The price for the jewelry obtained from the UnderDollar Store was $0.47. We apologize

for the inadvertent shifting of the decimal point.

Still, the "Ivanka Trash" line is a steal at $47,000.

Please shop with us. We'll even throw in a used paper bag.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 09:20 PM

7. That necklace is butt ugly.

Looks like part of a chain link fence. She paid 5.9K for it? Come on, I wasn't born yesterday. I have seen 'Vankies crap on the mark down racks in TJMax. Jeans with a broken zipper and fraying seams for $19 dollars. If she spent more than $5.95 she got ripped off.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 09:21 PM

8. It was $20,000 in the police report.

What a damn crook


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Response to dalton99a (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 07:20 AM

18. Wow. Crime right there hiking from 20K to 47K. So much money but need more more more!


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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 09:35 PM

10. Ms. Vermin needs to cover her own GD losses. Typical entitled Repube

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 09:48 PM

11. If you're stupid enough to leave $47k in jewelry in your vehicle,

that's your problem. Take it up with your insurance company

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 10:11 PM

12. I might need that $46K for my healthcare. So how about she be responsible for her own damn jewelry?

If she feels she has to take it while traveling, she can keep it on her person.

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Response to catrose (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 01:32 PM

26. cut coverage for someone with cancer, so that some idiot can be

stupid enough not to carry her jewelry in her purse! What has this country come to??

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 12:18 AM

13. I was looking at getting new Part D coverage, and saw that my Part A&B went up

to $144.00 per month from $135.00.............................and she wants me to pay for her fucking jewelry being stolen...........................my question is why was it left in the vehicle and two, does she not have vehicle insurance to cover for her stupidity...................and then she has the audacity to claim that since it wasn't her car that taxpayers should pay for her stupidity.......................because it was a vehicle owned by the taxpayers................no wonder my Part A& B went up..............................

November 3, 2020 cannot get here fast enough........................

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 02:06 AM

14. They want to cut Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, SNAP, and more. But there's money to cover th

They want to cut Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, SNAP, and more.

But there's money to cover their own negligence?

Fraud suspected?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 03:14 AM

15. That's a real bitch, getting ripped off twice like that.

The first time when she bought that Ivanka crap...

Come to think of it, did she really have to pile on tens of thousands in jewelry to give a speech about cutting benefits to poor people?

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 05:31 AM

16. This is why they created

Home and auto insurance..... talk to them.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 07:11 AM

17. Seema Verma is also the one who spent $2 million in taxpayer dollars on PR for herself.

Kevin M. Kruse Retweeted

Seema Verma is also the one who spent $2 million in taxpayer dollars on PR for herself. She needs to resign ASAP.


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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #17)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 09:55 AM

21. +1. Another soulless greedy grifter - in charge of our healthcare

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #21)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 12:36 PM

25. Grifters Gotta Grift

The Republicans should change their GOP to GGG

In reality, Trump is just a piss ant frontman for the entire Republican Party.......

Instead of the Dem's attacking only Trump, they should be attacking the Republican Senators. They are where everything begins and ends. They are merely using Trump's antics as a smoke screen for the massive amount of shit they are doing in the back ground.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 08:58 AM

20. Shaking my head.



Ask your auto insurance company. It isn’t tax payer’s responsibility.

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Response to Karma13612 (Reply #20)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 10:17 AM

23. She Can't Do That

There's no way the insurance company would pay the claim because of her own stupidity.
So, she decided that the taxpayers would never miss 47 grand!
She seems nice!

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #23)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 10:26 AM

24. Good one!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 10:24 AM

27. Also in this thread, a bill from Scott Pruitt in 2017:

BREAKING: A Trump health appointee sought to have taxpayers reimburse her for the costs of jewelry and clothing, including a $5,900 Ivanka Trump-brand pendant, stolen on a work-related trip



Midweek, afternoon:



Taxpayers were billed $2,460 after Scott Pruitt’s security detail broke down the door of that D.C. condo he was staying in, ABC News has confirmed.


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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Dec 9, 2019, 02:09 PM

28. We updated the story to clarify a response: Under federal policy, certain lost or stolen items....

Verma, who said "Personal responsibility and self-sufficiency are bedrock American values," didn't insure the $43,000 worth of jewels she left in a car but felt entitled to reimbursement by the government when it was stolen. Claim denied, Verma, but have some government cheese.



We updated the story to clarify a response: Under federal policy, certain lost or stolen items can be reimbursed — but reimbursing workers for stolen jewelry is expressly prohibited, a spokesperson said. https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/07/medicare-chief-asked-taxpayers-to-cover-stolen-jewelry-077761



Verma, who appears to have only two ear lobes and standard issue human skin, traveled with 11 pairs of earrings and a $325 vat of moisturizer. She would like you, dear taxpayer, to buy her 11 new pairs of earrings and a new vat after they stolen from a car in which she left them.



New: SEEMA VERMA said she was robbed of $43,000 in jewelry, including a $5,900 Ivanka Trump-brand pendant. Then she asked taxpayers to cover the cost.


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