Last year, senior investigators from the independent Government Accountability Office (GAO) created 11 fake enrollees on the HealthCare.gov website and, this year, those same 11 have automatically been re-enrolled – some actually awarded with even larger taxpayer subsidies. 6 of them were later flagged and were issued notices of termination. However, GAO investigators were able to call the customer service center and get 5 of them re-instated – unbelievably, with even more taxpayer-funded increases.
Seto Bagdoyan, the GAO’s Audits & Investigations Chief, confirmed that the website was unable to detect fraudulent enrollees. He said that the “contractor personnel” being employed for the “document-verification process…. do not perform antifraud duties,” and nor could they as they had received no training to do so. Federal healthcare subsidies are paid straight to the insurance companies; therefore, individuals do not actually receive money into their bank accounts. However, fraud is fraud. Couple that with the fact that the healthcare costs for a family can run to close on $17,000 a year, and then the potential for fraudulent activity exists.
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