SharkTank.com is reporting on a disturbing phenomenon. Apparently,the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “started” Obamacare applications for individuals prior To the deadline, for registration, using information obtained from applicants’ states.
In the closing days of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was mailing out letters notifying certain Americans that they had already started a healthcare coverage application on their behalf.
The HHS letter stated that the information they used to begin the application for individual Healthcare was obtain by the state agency in charge of implementing Obamacare. The next step for the individual would be visit Healthcare.gov and complete the already started application to see if they qualify for “Marketplace coverage.”
News of the HHS letter was first mentioned by a listener of the popular “Daybreak with Drew Steele” Show on Fox 92.5, which is out of Fort Myers, Florida. After his radio show concluded, another listener emailed Steele telling him about receiving the same letter. The listener asked for their identity to masked because they worked for the state of Florida.
This gives rise to two questions:
1. How many of the 7 million Obamacare enrollees claimed by the administration are among these (who may not have completed enrollment), and
2. Was the information allegedly obtained by the states accurate (i.e., voter rolls for example have been known to include thousands of non-existent, ineligible, deceased, and even fabricated individuals)?