Really, is anyone surprised?

The only shocking thing in this story is the craven ‘explanation-excuse’ to the audit offered by the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee:


Via WSJ:

The people running ObamaCare set low expectations and then consistently fail to meet them, but could the expectations at least stop plunging? Witness the recent “secret shopper” audit that unmasked the entitlement’s wide-open exposure to fraud and the lack of any plan to prevent it.

Last year the Senate Finance Committee asked investigators at the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, to test the Affordable Care Act’s internal eligibility and enrollment controls. So they created a dozen fictitious identities and applied for insurance subsidies—and 11 fake claimants got them.

….Online or over the phone, they simply supplied invalid Social Security numbers, doctored citizenship status or misstated their income on tax documents.

The federal exchanges paid some $2,500 a month or $30,000 per year to each John Doe. When it came time to re-enroll at the end of 2014, the 11 fake applicants were able to extend their plans and, in some cases, even received more generous subsidies without providing additional documentation….

You might think these findings would be cause for alarm, but then this is Washington. At a Senate Finance hearing in July, ranking Democrat Ron Wyden said the case “is not about any real-world fraud” and the antifraud strategies must on the one hand draw “a distinction between aggressively going after the rip-off artists and, on the other, not harming a law-abiding American who’s made an honest and often technical mistake. . . . A transgender American shouldn’t lose health coverage after a name change because some forms don’t match.”

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  1. Alain41 says:

    There’s gambling at Rick’s. Related news, the sun rose in the East today.

    In 2013, the IRS IG produced a report that says that the Earned Income Tax Credit gives out $11 billion/year improperly. At $30k/person, Ocare subsidy would need 400,000 to equal. Wonder, now that the Republicans have control of both congressional houses, have they addressed EITC fraud? Do they intend to? A billion here, a billion there, apparently today is not real money to the establishment. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/22/irs-paid-more-than-110-billion-in-improper-tax-credits/

  2. strider says:

    The administration has been having a fraud fest from day one. Biggest ripoff in criminal history. Puzzling that congressional leadership is not more aggressive in stopping the “disappearing” of trillions of dollars. Our cushion is getting thin.

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