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Monday, June 16, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is contacting hundreds of thousands of people with subsidized health insurance to resolve questions about their eligibility, as consumer advocates express concern that many will be required to repay some or all of the subsidies.

Of the eight million people who signed up for private health plans through insurance exchanges under the new health care law, two million reported personal information that differed from data in government records, according to federal officials and Serco, the company hired to resolve such inconsistencies.

The government is asking consumers for additional documents to verify their income, citizenship, immigration status and Social Security numbers, as well as any health coverage that they may have from employers. People who do not provide the information risk losing their subsidized coverage and may have to repay subsidies next April.


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So the Government is providing oversight into one of its programs to weed out fraud and you find this a bad thing?
I suppose if they just let people lie and gave subsidies to folks who don't need them, you'd be OK with that? Or would you start screaming about Government waste?

#1 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-06-16 08:09 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

^What a fabulous concept...Obamacare is the first gubbermint program EVER to be concerned about fraud and waste. Nice excuse.

According to your logic 25% of Obamacare enrollments are fraudulent. Nice program.


#2 | Posted by justanoversight at 2014-06-16 08:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

According to your logic 25% of Obamacare enrollments are fraudulent.
#2 | Posted by justanoversight

No, 25% of enrollment's information doesn't match. So they're digging deeper to get to the truth.
I don't understand the bad you're trying to point out here.

#3 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-06-16 09:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

Obamacare is the first gubbermint program EVER to be concerned about fraud and waste.
#2 | Posted by justanoversight

And that's bad? Just what is it you think is going on here?

BTW, I am no Obamacare cheerleader, I hate it, I'm just going by the info in the article which doesn't seem to imply the scandal that you're trying to create.

#4 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-06-16 09:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

The issue that I see is a program that is capable of having 25% of enrollees supply data that doesn't match.

That is a flaw of the design.

Now, we are paying how many people how much money to go back and re-verify information? That will then lead to people wanting to appeal. Now, there is probably no process fully fleshed out for that so we'll need a deeper layer on the bureaucracy...

You see where I'm going. The problem isn't the 100's of thousands with "broken" data. It's what allowed that to occur in the first place, the cost of cleaning it up, and the follow on costs of it.

#5 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2014-06-16 12:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

The interesting part of this is they are asking for 2014 income verification. Not easy to do for anyone not punching the clock and with pay stubs in hand. A lot of folks with deductions are going to get screwed here.

#6 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-16 04:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

More than eight out of 10 people who selected health plans through the exchanges from October through mid-April were eligible for subsidies, including income tax credits. So far this year the federal government has paid out $4.7 billion in subsidies, and the amount is expected to total $900 billion over 10 years.


No problem here, nothing to see, just move along.

#7 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-16 04:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

For some strange reason, when righties are critical of ObamaCare-RomneyCare the leave out the Romney part I think that's just a little bit dishonest, since RomneyCare was the blueprint for the ACA

#8 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-06-16 06:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

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