After the disastrous rollout of Obamacare in October, 2013, the Obama administration told the American people it would be fixed “soon.” Now it is reported this week that some of the more than 2 million Americans who signed up for insurance through HealthCare.gov are at risk of losing their coverage.
It could be a total loss of their insurance or be forced to repay part of their entire premium subsidy. Why? “Discrepancies with their applications,” according to a government document obtained by the Associated Press and confirmed to ABC News by an administration official.
Many cases involve consumers who stated one income that conflicts with the government records, the Department of Health and Human Services said this week. That means some Americans will get bigger subsidies than they are allowed in purchasing their plans.
The big government solution to their own mistakes is incredible. HHS says it’s now “double-and triple-checking” with applicants to verify their information. Their spokeswoman Julie Bataille said, “Those consumers were still able to enroll in Marketplace coverage, as provided for in the law but, when they enrolled, they received a notice instructing them to submit a little bit more information.”
Bataille continued, “Where a consumer fails to provide the follow-up information, or reveals that they have erred, the policy will be revoked and a request for subsidy repayment will be made.” The government agency is trying to follow up with each applicant which means requesting copies of pay stubs as proof of income or birth certificates to verify the correct spelling of a name.
This is what $400 million taxpayer dollars has done to fix the problem. “We are working with consumers every day to make sure individuals and families get the tax credits and coverage they deserve and that no one receives a benefit they shouldn’t,” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman Aaron Albright told ABC News.
To enroll in Obamacare, the average family of four must file 21 different pieces of information identifying age, income eligibility, etc., when applying for a plan, according to HHS.
For something that was supposed to be the answer to uninsured Americans, it looks like another fat government bureaucracy that does not work. Surprised?
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