Undercover probe finds health law failings

Jul 22, 2014 5:41 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional investigators say they used fake identities to get taxpayer-financed health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get subsidized health care in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is still paying premiums for the policies, even as the administration attempts to verify phony documentation.

The agency's findings are in testimony to be delivered Wednesday at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing.

Committee Chairman Dave Camp, a Michigan Republican, says the new system for covering the uninsured is rife with incompetence, waste and the potential for fraud.

The Obama administration says six fake online applications were blocked by its computer system. But the GAO says its agents were able to enroll anyway by phoning a call center.

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