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House GOP Demands Probe into Alleged Widespread Fraud in Obamacare Enrollments

by Richard A Reagan

House Republican leaders have initiated calls for a rigorous investigation into suspected widespread fraud within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment system

This demand follows a report by the Paragon Health Institute which suggests that up to five million Americans may be improperly benefiting from ACA insurance subsidies.

The call for a thorough audit was issued by prominent Republican figures, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO), and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). 

These leaders have directed their requests to key oversight bodies, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging a “systemic review of enrollment” practices.

This action follows the revelation of around 90,000 complaints to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, all reported in the first quarter of 2024 alone. These complaints largely concern unauthorized ACA sign-ups or improper plan switches, incidents believed to be orchestrated by insurance brokers. 

Brokers, motivated by commissions, are suspected of falsifying information to enroll clients or switching their plans without consent.

The discrepancy in enrollment figures was highlighted by comparing U.S. Census data on eligible subsidy recipients to actual ACA enrollment numbers, suggesting an “astonishing level” of potential subsidy abuse. 

According to the Paragon Health Institute, such irregularities might cost taxpayers up to $20 billion in 2024.

The focus on potential ACA fraud has amplified as lawmakers continue to debate the health law’s funding and implementation. 

While President Joe Biden has celebrated the ACA’s success, noting in a recent presidential debate that over 40 million Americans are covered through its programs, Republicans argue that the program’s original purpose has been severely distorted under Democratic leadership. 

They point to the enhanced subsidies introduced under the American Rescue Plan Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, which have significantly increased the number of individuals qualifying for fully subsidized plans.

Even some Democrats, including Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, have voiced concerns. They demand more robust enforcement measures to protect consumers from deceptive practices by brokers.

This call for transparency and accountability underscores a growing partisan divide over the management and future of the Affordable Care Act, reflecting broader tensions in U.S. healthcare policy debates.


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