Many have said that there was going to be a problem with illegal immigrants and the Affordable Care Act. The possibility of people living in America illegally and receiving Health Care Credits has been present from the beginning. We were repeatedly assured that this would not happen. Yet, almost immediately after the ACA went online, there was indication that these fears were coming to fruition.
Back in July, I reported that there were many holes in the qualification system. We knew this because of the Government Accountability Office had sought to defraud the system. After succeeding ninety percent of the time, they reported their findings to the Center for Medical and Medicare services.
The response was shocking.
“(Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services) officials told us there have been no cases of fraudulent applications or documentation referred to the U.S. Department of Justice or the HHS Office of Inspector General, because its document-processing contractor has not identified any fraud cases to CMS,” Bagdoyan said. “However, as noted earlier, the contractor is not required to detect fraud, nor is it equipped to do so.”
Essentially if fraud is not found it does not exist. And they are not looking for fraud, so it does not exist.
Now, it is being reported that the unsustainable ACA or Obamacare is hemorrhaging money just where many claimed the biggest hole would be in the system.
Illegal immigrants and individuals with unclear legal status wrongly benefited from up to $750 million in ObamaCare subsidies and the government is struggling to recoup the money, according to a new Senate report obtained by Fox News.
The report, produced by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, examined Affordable Care Act tax credits meant to defray the cost of insurance premiums. It found that as of June 2015, “the Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or legal presence.”
How is it possible that this amount of money is leaving the empty coffers of our broke government? It is pure indifference. Indifference on the part of those who created the system and those tasked with maintaining the effectiveness of the system.
So what is being done?
The Senate report, based on a review launched by committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., derisively describes this approach as “pay and chase.”
In other words, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pays credits and subsidies to the insurance companies on behalf of the applicants – and the feds then “chase” after any overpayments to ineligible people once they are discovered.
At a deficit of $750 Million in less than a year, things could not be much worse. Once again Big Government fouls up something in our country that was not really broke. Thanks, Uncle Sam.