Tom Daschle, the much-lauded and applauded nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, has apologized to the Senate Finance Committee for failing to pay a few taxes. In a letter, Daschle tried to explain "overlooked" taxes on consulting work and failure to pay taxes on use of a car service. "My mistakes were unintentional," he wrote in the letter. He recently paid $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest and was expected to meet with the committee today.
Powder hd I am not sure what constitutes "unintentional" when we are talking about more taxes than many of us make in a year (or several years). I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Is he a good health policy person? Signs point to yes. Still, I'd like the man in charge to be a little more detail oriented. After all, severe lack of attention to detail with regard competitive bidding and the 36-month cap on oxygen is still giving the HME industry a collective headache.