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"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

HR 3713: American Health Care Solutions Act of 2009

Official Title

A bill to provide bipartisan solutions to lower health costs, increase access to affordable coverage and give patients more choices and control.


This bill contains provisions that would increase current penalties for Medicare and Medicaid fraud. It would increase maximum criminal fines from $25,000 to $100,000 and increase the maximum term of imprisonment to 10 years for making false statements or misrepresentations of material facts to the government for purposes of determining benefits and payment under a federal health care program. It would also increase the maximum criminal fines for knowingly soliciting or receiving a kickback related to services under a federal health care program to $100,000. It would expand 42 U.S.C. 1320 to include criminal fines and no more than 3 years imprisonment for knowingly intending to sell, distribute, or purchase two or more Medicare or Medicaid beneficiary identification numbers.

Legislation Details

Rogers (R - MI)


11/16/2009: Referred to House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
10/01/2009: Referred to House Ways and Means Committee
10/01/2009: Referred to House Judiciary Committee
10/01/2009: Referred to House Education and Labor Committee
10/01/2009: Introduced