Obamacare Website Wins a 'Waste of the Week" Title - US Senator

© AP Photo / Jon ElswickThis March 1, 2014 file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov, seen in Washington. President Barack Obama’s health care law has become a tale of two Americas. States that fully embraced the law’s coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the share of their residents who remain uninsured, according to an extensive new poll released Tuesday. States whose leaders still object to “Obamacare” are seeing much less change.
This March 1, 2014 file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov, seen in Washington. President Barack Obama’s health care law has become a tale of two Americas. States that fully embraced the law’s coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the share of their residents who remain uninsured, according to an extensive new poll released Tuesday. States whose leaders still object to “Obamacare” are seeing much less change. - Sputnik International
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The HealthCare.gov website of the Obamacare program is failing to identify fraudulent federal health insurance exchange applicants, joint congressional Economic Committee Chairman Dan Coats said in a speech.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A recent investigation by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted thousands of dollars in tax subsidies to fake enrollees.

“This program should not be a cornucopia for those ready to cash in on the federal government’s mistakes,” Coats stated on Thursday according to a press release from his office. “It is clear that those who wish to cheat the system have a high likelihood of success, and that is unacceptable.”

Coats made the accusation in the latest of a series of “Waste of the Week” speeches he has been delivering on government mismanagement and waste of taxpayers dollars.

“Part of the problem is the health care law is so gargantuan, it’s nearly unworkable, but there is no excuse for dismal compliance numbers when billions of taxpayer dollars are at stake.”

Earlier in July, the US Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the enrollment controls of HealthCare.gov and heard testimony from GAO Director of Audit Services Seto Bagdoyan.

Bagdoyan said his audit team conducted an undercover “secret shopper” style investigation to test the internal controls of HealthCare.gov and review how CMS handles this new program.

CMS accepted the fake documents, did not even attempt to verify their authenticity and enrolled the fake applicants, the press release said.

As a result, the release added, CMS awarded $30,000 in advanced premium tax credits to 11 of the 12 fraudulent applicants in 2014 alone.

“In this investigation, GAO filed only a small number of false claims, so imagine what hasn’t been looked at or identified,” Coats said. “I fear this report is but a canary in a coal mine. If this isn’t an alarm bell of dysfunction, I don’t know what is.”

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