Several cases of fake people applying for Obamacare tax credits over the last two years have exposed the Affordable Care Act’s extreme susceptibility to fraud, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
The GAO’s investigation sought to verify whether ineligible or nonexistent persons could enroll in Obamacare health coverage. During the 2015 coverage year, “10 fictitious applications” were approved for coverage after the investigators sent them in for enrollment. But four of these people used Social Security numbers that had never existed and several of them had not filed their tax returns for 2014.
“Although 8 of these 10 fictitious applications failed the initial online identity-checking process, all 10 were subsequently approved,” the GAO said in its report. “Other applications obtained duplicate enrollment or obtained coverage by claiming their employer did not provide insurance that met minimum essential coverage.”