"Yes you are, it says so right here."
"Well, I got better."
PORT ORANGE, Fla. - As retiree Lee Miller was waiting for his terminally ill wife at her oncologist's office, he logged on to his bank's website to verify that his monthly Social Security payment had been deposited and his online bills were paid.
Although Miller's wife was covered by health insurance, he needed cash to purchase additional medical supplies.
Miller, 70, discovered that his savings account had been completely drained.
Most of the money in the Vietnam veteran’s checking account was gone, too.
"They left me $80," said Miller. "I was furious. At first, I thought I'd been hacked."
But instead of being targeted by a thief, Miller later learned that the federal government had intentionally withdrawn his money, assuming that he no longer needed it.
"They told me I was dead," Miller said.
Actually, he's just one of around 10,000 people who are erroneously reported as dead each year in the USA. Bank employees may offer condolences, but it's up to the living dead to correct the problem in order to get the money back. Oh, and their insurance policies are cancelled as well, so they have to fix that too:
"My insurance company called me and said, 'I've got a death notice here and you have prescriptions you have requested refills on,'" Miller said.
An SSA spokesman declined to tell News 6 why the agency believed that Miller was dead, citing privacy laws.
Sure, let's see: you've drained the guy's bank accounts, seen to it that his insurance policies have been cancelled, but you can't talk about it because of "privacy laws". What do you want to bet that his driver's license has been invalidated as well?
And they do this 10,000 times a year, yet some maroons think that government-run health care is the way to go.