The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ‘ObamaCare’, has hit some significant snags just this week alone. Just yesterday, as The Inquisitr reported, ObamaCare lost another significant court battle over ObamaCare subsidies that were being provided by the government for states who refused to open their own state-run exchanges.
For those 36 states that did not comply with ObamaCare’s rules, the secondary option to create healthcare exchanges was rendered void. This ruling leaves ObamaCare to a whole new issue of uncertainty. However, the issue had the complete opposite result in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. This comes on the heels of the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling last month that allowed the crafts store not to provide four specific forms of birth control.
The most recent ObamaCare issue has been unearthed by the Government Accountability Office in an undercover investigation. According to the Washington Post, GAO investigators created false identities using made up Social Security numbers to register for ObamaCare.
They went on to include that the investigators they came up with pretend incomes that, if they were real figures, would have disqualified them from the ObamaCare insurance. The GAO listed 18 attempts of varying scenarios. Some of the scenarios were over the phone, online, and in person. The full GAO report can be found here. Here is one highlighted excerpt from the report on the GAO’s website:
“For 12 applicant scenarios, GAO tested “front-end” controls for verifying an applicant’s identity or citizenship/immigration status. Marketplace applications require attestations that information provided is neither false nor untrue. In its applications, GAO also stated income at a level to qualify for income-based subsidies to offset premium costs and reduce cost sharing. For 11 of these 12 applications, which were made by phone and online using fictitious identities, GAO obtained subsidized coverage. For one application, the marketplace denied coverage because GAO’s fictitious applicant did not provide a Social Security number as part of the test.”
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GAO Investigative Report Outline.
The investigation, though extensive, is ongoing. It was carried out in several states, but the Government Accountability Office has not made known to any outlet as to the names of the states tested. Wednesday, Fox News reported:
“GAO officials will testify about the findings before a House Ways and Means subcommittee Wednesday. The office is expected to continue the investigation before reaching final conclusions sometime next year.”
Republicans have been expressing, for sometime, their apprehension and concerns over the healthcare exchanges properly verifying enrollment. Last year, the House Ways and Means committee requested the GAO perform an investigation of this nature, reports Fox News.