Disastrous Healthcare.gov website spawning wave of con artists who prey on confusion

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

In addition to its plethora of other problems, Obamacare is also creating a new breed of con artists.

Never before in the history of the country have Americans been so confused – and bewildered and angry – by such a major, life-altering piece of legislation. In particular, the chaos over the glitch-prone Healthcare.gov website has given rise to a wave of con artists and unscrupulous marketers who are preying on people to steal their identity and sell them phony products linked to Obamacare.

The New York Times reports:

Madeleine Mirzayans was fooled when a man posing as a government official knocked on her door. Barbara Miller and Maevis Ethan were pitched by telemarketers who claimed to work for Medicaid. And Buford Price was almost caught by another trap: websites that look official but are actually bait set by fly-by-night insurance operators.

Diversified fraud and abuse

Of course, Americans are used to fraud and abuse inherent in any big government program. Obama administration officials expected to see some associated with Affordable Care Act. The Times said that “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.; Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services; Edith Ramirez, the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission; and other officials met at the White House in September to discuss possible pitfalls.”

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