Federal budget cutting is all the rage now and there seems to be little doubt that the pain is coming, with health care absorbing more than its share.

Some of the health care cuts don't have to be painful. There still is plenty of waste, particularly with some funding that is already authorized: In less than five minutes, I found three recently awarded federal health I.T. contracts worth at least $15.3 million that simply don't seem necessary, and there's got to be plenty more.

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