The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, remains one big mess. Now the Barack Obama Administration is harassing hundreds of thousands of those who have signed up for the world’s biggest boondoggle, seeking verification of eligibility for subsidies they were initially told they were eligible to receive.
The documents requested include birth certificates, Social Security cards, high school diplomas, driver’s licenses, pay stubs and voter registration cards.
According to the notice being mailed to one-quarter of the 8 million people who signed up for Obamacare coverage, the personal information they reported does not match up with data in government records. Failure to provide additional documents to verify income, citizenship, immigration status and Social Security numbers and information on the coverage available through their employer could result in the loss of coverage or subsidies.
Many Obamacare recipients say they had already submitted the verifying documents. They wonder why they’re being required to submit them again. The London, Ky., firm tasked with linking the documents to applications, Serco, admits there is a problem because a promised system allowing the scanning of documents was never finished. Serco said its employees were then tasked with inputting the information manually, making a task expected to take five minutes actually take an hour. A Serco spokesman said technical problems with Healthcare.gov have made it difficult to investigate discrepancies.
Recall that while the Healthcare.gov website was foundering for the first six months after going live, the Administration was encouraging people to sign up and promising subsidies based on faith alone. In March, Obama told a Hispanic audience via a town hall with Telemundo and Univision that even though the law was written to exclude illegals, no information on legal status would be submitted to immigration services; and he encouraged families of illegals to sign up.
What this means is many Americans may see their coverage dropped, or they will have to repay their subsidy next April even though they applied in good faith and were told by the government they were eligible. Meanwhile, any illegals who signed up will not have their eligibility questioned based on their legal status.
The re-verification process is ripe for fraud, as scammers will be able to duplicate the government’s information request forms, enabling them to steal the identities of thousands of Obamacare signees. Of course, in the beginning Healthcare.gov didn’t have any encryption and Obamacare exchanges were hiring criminals as navigators.
Remember what I’ve told you many times: Obamacare has nothing to do with healthcare. It’s a big-government boondoggle designed to transfer wealth, further enrich the medical-pharmaceutical-health insurance complex, limit choices and steal away medical freedom.
It will put people’s health in the hands of mind-numbed bureaucrats and automaton state doctors who march in lockstep to the collectivist system upon which their livelihood depends. And the system, based on fraud, is ripe for more.