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Report: Obamacare Exchanges Fraud Costs Taxpayers Millions

It seems an incredible waste to put tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of taxpayer dollars at risk through fraud on federal exchanges.

Christopher Jacobs reports: What do Obamacare and Haley Joel Osment have in common? They both see dead people.

On Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released another report into eligibility verification checks on the federally run Obamacare insurance exchange used by more than three dozen states. As with prior studies, GAO concluded that regulators still need to improve integrity efforts to ensure the federal government spends taxpayer funds wisely.

[Read the full story here, at thefederalist.com]

Among the report’s most noteworthy conclusions: A total of 17,000 federally subsidized insurance policies studied during the 2015 plan year—the most recent for which GAO had complete data at the time of its investigation—began or continued after the applicant’s reported date of death. In 1,000 of those cases, coverage began after the applicant’s reported date of death. In a further 2,000, the application was submitted after the applicant’s reported date of death—in most cases because the exchange automatically re-enrolled applicants without checking to determine that they remained alive.

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GAO previously recommended that the federal exchange verify eligibility periodically, checking changes in circumstances that would affect the status of federal subsidies, such as death. However, to the best of auditors’ knowledge, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not implemented this recommendation, one of 18 relating to exchange integrity that remain open (i.e., not completed) from two prior GAO reports. Read the rest of this entry »

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[VIDEO] Government Can’t Fix Healthcare


[VIDEO] Krauthammer: Obama’s Condescension Is ‘Why We Should Be Grateful as a Nation That He’s Gone’ 


[VIDEO] Ted Cruz vs Bernie Sanders Debate the Future of Obamacare 

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DNC Handbook: How to Avoid Accountability

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[VIDEO] OH YES THEY CAN: This Is How to Finally Repeal Obamacare 

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[VIDEO] Warnings About Obamacare Are Coming True

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[VIDEO] REWIND: Best of Late-Night Jokes Mocking Obamacare

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[VIDEO] Krauthammer: With Obamacare Insolvent, Democrats Want a ‘Single-Payer Government System’ 

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Department of Corrections: Slate vs Slate

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MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber Had Bigger Role in Health Law, Emails Show

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Adviser whose comments on Affordable Care Act touched off a furor worked more closely than previously known with White House

Stephanie Armour writes: Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist whose comments about the health-care law touched off a political furor, worked more closely than previously known with the White House and top federal officials to shape the law, previously unreleased emails show.

“His proximity to HHS and the White House was a whole lot tighter than they admitted. There’s no doubt he was a much more integral part of this than they’ve said. He put up this facade he was an arm’s length away. It was a farce.”

— Rep. Jason Chaffetz, (R. Utah), chairman of the House oversight committee

The emails provided by the House Oversight Committee to The Wall Street Journal cover messages Mr. Gruber sent from January 2009 through March 2010. Committee staffers said they worked with MIT to obtain the 20,000 pages of emails.

They depict frequent consultations between Mr. Gruber and top Obama administration staffers and advisers in the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services on the Affordable Care Act. They show he informed HHS about interviews with reporters and discussions with lawmakers, and that he consulted with HHS about how to publicly describe his role.

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The administration has sought to distance itself from the MIT economist in the wake of his controversial statements in a 2013 video where he said the health law passed because of the “huge political advantage” of the legislation’s lacking transparency. He also referred to the “stupidity of the American voter.”

Republicans seized on the comments as evidence that supporters of the law purposely misled the public about its costs. Mr. Gruber received nearly $400,000 from HHS for his work focusing on health-policy computer models, according to public records.

The White House has described Mr. Gruber as having a limited role in crafting the law. President Barack Obama in 2014 said Mr. Gruber was “some adviser who never worked on our staff.” In testimony last year before Congress, Mr. Gruber disagreed with the widespread characterization of his role as the “architect” of Mr. Obama’s health-care plan.

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“His proximity to HHS and the White House was a whole lot tighter than they admitted,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, (R. Utah), chairman of the House oversight committee. “There’s no doubt he was a much more integral part of this than they’ve said. He put up this facade he was an arm’s length away. It was a farce.”

[Read the full story here, at WSJ]

Mr. Chaffetz on Sunday sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwellrequesting information justifying the department’s sole source contract with Mr. Gruber for his work on the health law.

Mr. Gruber declined to comment. Read the rest of this entry »


Enhanced Interrogation: The Verdict is In

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The Obamacare Lock-Out Effect

How the president’s health reform will harm the working poor

0000072500001497298482For City Journal,Joel Zinbberg writes:  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently projected that the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—better known as Obamacare—will lead Americans to reduce the hours they work by 2 percent. This will reduce the overall labor supply by the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time workers over the next decade. The decrease in labor supply will occur because the ACA mandates that everyone buy health insurance and provides large subsidies to low-income individuals and families to buy insurance on the new exchanges. As CBO director Douglas Elmendorf recently testified, “By providing heavily subsidized health insurance to people with very low income, and then withdrawing those subsidies as income rises, the act creates a disincentive for lockoutpeople to work.” Thanks to this implicit tax on extra work, spending a few more hours on the job will, at the margins, result in minimal or even negative income for those qualifying for the ACA’s subsidies. The CBO reports that some will choose to work fewer hours in order to qualify for a subsidy. Others will choose not to work at all.

Normally, when the well-respected CBO finds that a law will significantly decrease the labor supply and harm economic growth, it becomes a great embarrassment to the law’s authors. But the White House insists that critics have misconstrued the CBO report. It’s not a bad thing if people work less, they say. On the contrary, the law will give workers the flexibility to leave jobs that they’re currently “locked” into because of their health-insurance benefits. According to Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, the law will alleviate such “job lock,” giving workers the freedom to work less, enjoy more family time, or start a new business.

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[VIDEO] The Obamacare Gamble

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Signature Achievement: Obamacare’s Architecture Revealed

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Dr. Carson: Obamacare Is Big Government

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Democrats Unveil Multi-Billion Dollar Medical Center to Help Promote Obamacare Fairness

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BURN NOTICE: A. Let it Proceed as Designed. B. Don’t Bring Water.

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“Everything burns”

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Okay, Well, I Never Said I was Perfect

Okay, Well, I Never Said I was Perfect


Out: ‘We are the 99%’. In: ‘We are…’

Out: 'We are the 99%'. In: 'We are...'


Report: Senior WH Staff in Meetings to Discuss Whether President Should Address Nation to ‘Apologize for his Apology’, Sources say

High-level meetings are underway to prepare text of an new, improved apology, to make up for the inadequate apology given in last week's interview with NBC

High-level meetings are underway to prepare text of an new, improved apology, to make up for the inadequate apology given to the American people in last week’s interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd

 

The President’s Controversial Apology for Misleading Statements the Affordable Care Act are ‘Inadequate’, White House Insiders say, and Need to be Addressed.

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Sorry, Charlie: Obama probably can’t undo the damage of the ObamaCare swindle


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Flowchart: President Obama’s “You Can Keep Your Plan, Period” Defenses

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Developing: Democrats Support Delaying ACA Enrollment Deadline

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WaPo’s Ezra Klein: ObamaCare Mess Could Become Huge Betrayal Of Faith

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CHILLA: Movie Poster of the Day

CHILLA: Movie Poster of the Day