The president’s new healthcare law is already suffering from a number of setbacks. Is fraud next? A new report shows that the IRS is unprepared to identify fraud in applications for ACA subsidies.
Last week, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) announced a followup report on fraudulent tax refunds issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For the 2011 tax year, $3.6 billion in potentially fraudulent tax refunds were sent to at least 1.1 million individuals. The returns were filed using fake Social Security numbers and were sent to Lithuania, Ireland and Bulgaria.
The new ACA wrinkle this morning is a The New York Times report that the Obama Administration made a “surprise” and somewhat hushed decision that will mean some ACA programs lack anti-fraud measures other federal programs have.
A former manager at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently plead guilty to stealing nearly $900,000 in federal funds by pretending that he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The House’s main piece of legislation last week was a plan “that would ban new subsidies to help people buy health insurance on upcoming exchanges until the Obama administration enacts a new verification system to ensure benefits go only to those who are eligible.” The measure, which supporters argued would prevent fraud under the program and save taxpayers money, passed 235 to 191.
The Washington Post reports on yet another unintended consequence of the 2010 Affordable Care Act: the rise in the number of health insurance-related scams. The Post reports, “With a lot of confusion about the health insurance marketplaces, consumers are receiving phone calls from people claiming to provide insurance cards needed under the Affordable Care Act.
People like to say everything is bigger in Texas. That apparently includes fraud and wasteful spending in the Harris County Housing Authority.
An NBC affiliate recently reported on the release of the “Tennessee Pork Report,” by The Beacon Center of Tennessee, which expanded their definition of pork to include waste, abuse, and fraud in the Tennessee state government.
Hot Air’s Mary Katherine Ham discusses a video of Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s glorious takedown of Braulio Castillo and the bogus disability claim that allowed him to take advantage of benefits set aside for veterans. Bonus: Castillo has an IRS connection that helped him do it. Check it out and get some perspective courtesy of Rep. Duckworth.
Yesterday, the Inspector General at the IRS announced that IRS employees made $108 million in purchases on government-issued credit cards between 2008 and 2010.