Watchdog Exposes Obamacare

‘Undercover Investigation Signs Up Fake Applicants For ACA Coverage, Subsidies’

 

Obamacare Pays ‘Subsidies For Fake Applicants With Fictitious Documents’

“Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law.” (“Undercover Probe Finds Health Law Failings,” AP, 7/22/14)

“The GAO operatives made up 18 applications – 12 applied online or by telephone, and six started out looking for in-person help. All were completely false, with fake incomes and counterfeit documentation.” (“GAO Sting Finds It Easy to Fake It, Get Obamacare Premiums,” NBC News, 7/22/14)

“In undercover tests of the new federal health insurance marketplace, government investigators have been able to procure health plans and federal subsidies for fake applicants with fictitious documents, according to findings that will be disclosed to lawmakers Wednesday.” (“Federal Undercover Investigation Signs Up Fake Applicants For ACA Coverage, Subsidies,” The Washington Post, 7/22/14)

  • “...GAO had received notification that portions of the fake documentation sent for two enrollees had been verified. According to CMS, its document processing contractor is not required to authenticate documentation...” (GAO Report, 7/23/14)
  • “...GAO continues to receive subsidized coverage... including 3 applications where GAO did not provide any requested supporting documents.” (GAO Report, 7/23/14)

“The GAO tests revealed potential weaknesses in the nation's newest social program.” (“Undercover Probe Finds Health Law Failings,” AP, 7/22/14)

 

Wider Problem: “2.6 Million ‘Inconsistencies’” Among Obamacare Applicants

“The GAO testimony contains updates on that problem, saying that, as of mid-July, about 2.6 million ‘inconsistencies’ existed among applicants who had chosen a health plan...” (“Federal Undercover Investigation Signs Up Fake Applicants For ACA Coverage, Subsidies,” The Washington Post, 7/22/14)

 

Another Broken Promise

Former HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius: “I certify that the American Health Benefit Exchanges (Marketplaces) verify that applicants for advance payments of the premium tax credit and cost-sharing reductions are eligible for such payments and reductions, consistent with the requirements of section 1411 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act…” (Sec. Sebelius, Letter To Vice President Biden, 1/1/14)

  • Sebelius: ‘numerous systems and processes to carry out these verifications’ “...the Marketplace verifies application information provided by the consumer when making an eligibility determination. The Department of Health and Human Services has issued regulations that detail these procedures, and the Marketplaces have implemented numerous systems and processes to carry out these verifications...” (Sec. Sebelius, Letter To Vice President Biden, 1/1/14)

 

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