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Shocker: Obama-Care Is A Boon For Con Artists

From CNBC:

Obamacare is coming, and so are the con artists

By Herb Weisbaum | August 15, 2013

As the debate rages over who benefits from the Affordable Care Act, one thing is becoming clear: The controversial program is a dream come true for rip-off artists.

Consumer experts warn that the program has created a huge opportunity for swindling people by stealing their money and their sensitive personal information…

And they aren’t talking about the government. (For some odd reason.)

Scammers have been at it for more than a year now, but consumer advocates and security experts warn that the problem will worsen as we get closer to Oct. 1. That’s when the millions of uninsured Americans can use a health insurance exchange, set-up by their state or by the federal government, to shop for coverage.

"I believe the incidents are going to skyrocket as that date approaches," said Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center. "And even people who are smart and savvy could get taken, so we are very concerned about the potential for some serious financial harm." …

And never mind that, as we have previously noted, the Obama administration is going to ‘go live’ with the exchanges on October 1st without certifying that their data hubs will be safe from hackers and identify thieves. Which is actually required by the Obama-Care law itself.

Probably because they want this kind of fraud. (Cf. delaying for a year the verification of income on Obama-Care subsidy applications.)

"There are fake exchanges already up and running on the Internet," said Monica Lindeen, Montana’s Commissioner of Securities and Insurance. "If you do a search and type in ‘exchange,’ you’ll find all sorts of websites that claim to be in the exchange when they are not." …

Scam artists got an early jump on national health care reform. Since last year, they’ve been calling, faxing and emailing people across the country claiming to be with Medicare, Obamacare or some agency of the federal government.

They often say they need to "verify" some personal information (typically a bank account or Social Security number) to ensure you get the proper benefits. In some cases, fraudsters tell victims they need to buy an insurance card to be eligible for coverage under the new program.

Such calls can be especially intimidating to seniors, said John Breyault, who runs Fraud.org , a project of National Consumers League.

"We’ve heard about cases where the scam artists have threatened people with jail if they don’t purchase the fake insurance cards," Breyault said…

Didn’t Nancy Pelosi say that?

A con artist can claim to be anyone, for instance a "navigator" who can help you apply for coverage through an exchange. They gain your trust and then ask for personal information to buy nonexistent policies. Fraud.org reports that some victims have been persuaded to wire money or send funds via prepaid debit card to get their full benefits.

Thousands of legitimate navigators are being trained and certified to guide people through the process of applying for coverage through an exchange.

We’re not so sure there are any "legitimate navigators." But that is a different story.

These navigators are prohibited from recommending a particular plan…

They are just there to steer you into registering to vote Democrat.

The FTC’s Lois Greisman urges you to file a complaint if you spot a problem, get a suspicious call or fall victim to a health care insurance con artist.

And remember when you call to be sure to demand that we move to a single payer government-run system. Because people never get defrauded via Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security scams.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 15th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Shocker: Obama-Care Is A Boon For Con Artists”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I thought that’s what Federal Government Programs are for … the con-artists.

    /legislators, et al, interalia

  2. yadayada says:

    and the majority of our dc republicans are still scared to act on this because…….why again?

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