24 Jul 2014 ObamaCare: How’s That ‘Honor System’ Working Out For You?
In July of last year, the Dept. of Health and Human Service admitted that it wouldn’t have the capabilities to check an applicant’s income eligibility for the premium subsidies on the ObamaCare exchanges. Instead, HHS decided it would “accept the applicant’s attestation [regarding eligibility] without further verification.” Or, as Avik Roy put it, “Not qualified for Obamacare’s subsidies? Just lie—govt. to use ‘Honor System.’”
Since then we’ve learned that there are at least 2.1 million “discrepancies” in the ObamaCare exchanges. “About 1.2 million have discrepancies related to income; 505,000 have issues with immigration data and 461,000 have conflicts related to citizenship information,” according to the Associated Press. It could easily be worse since “the 2 million figure reflects only consumers who signed up through the federally administered HealthCare.gov website and call centers. The government signed up about 5.4 million people, while state-run websites signed up another 2.6 million.”
And yesterday we learned that getting illegal subsidies out of the ObamaCare exchanges is almost as difficult as stealing candy from a baby. Here’s what the Government Accountability Office reported: