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Millions of Health Insurance Buyers Have Problems with Applications


Millions of Health Insurance Buyers Have Problems with Applications
Congressional Budget Office Will Stop Estimating Fiscal Impact 

(Washington, D.C.) – Although the Obama Administration and supporters of the new health care law have said that the Healthcare.gov website is working properly, the government now confirms that more than 2 million buyers have discrepancies in their applications. This means that 1 in every 4 subscribers may be forced to pay more, to submit additional information – or worse, may be denied coverage. This poses a huge paperwork headache, and complicates the promise of coverage that millions were counting on. The more than 2 million applications with discrepancies count only the 5.4 million who signed up on the federal website. Another 2.6 million enrolled through state sites, and may also have problems. 

Separately, the Congressional Budget Office recently announced that it is no longer capable of assessing the overall impact of the health care law on the federal budget. The last complete estimate of the cost of the law was issued in 2012, and the White House has made dozens of unilateral changes to the law in the intervening years – many of which change the overall cost of the law. With more changes likely to come, there is no longer an independent fiscal watchdog responsible for calculating their impact.

Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:

"Because of website issues that supporters continue to discount, millions of Americans may soon find themselves paying more for their insurance than even the inflated prices they expected. It's not clear how long it will take for these problems to be resolved, or how many will be impacted. It's no wonder that many Latinos and others – who are dealing with a slow economy and rising cost of living – are growing more and more disillusioned with this law. 

Additionally, the expansion of government-run health care now means that taxpayers are paying for care for one in every five Americans. This system is simply not sustainable. Economic growth will decline and opportunity will be reduced as taxes and fees rise to match rising costs. The president should acknowledge the broken promises and put forth serious proposals to fix the system." 

Learn more about "The Accountability Project" campaign and LIBRE's efforts to keep elected officials accountable for supporting the flawed Obamacare law that is causing families everywhere to lose their current health care plan and lose their full time jobs. They are elected to make the right decisions for the people – let's keep them accountable.

For interviews with a LIBRE representative, please contact: Brian Faughnan, 703-678-4581 or Steven Cruz, 202-578-6173.