Obamacare Anti-fraud Investigations Cancelled – Are They Kidding

There are many reasons why ObamaCare is NOT ready to be implemented and it seems every day we hear more and more reasons why the government is not prepared to move forward.

When you think of all the ways people can currently scam the government –

  • Obama Phones
  • Welfare
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Tax Evasion
  • Social Security checks being mailed to people who died
  • Tax refunds to people who died
  • And much much more….

So does it make any sense to aid ANOTHER government program and not put checks into place to find and stop fraud? And – it would seem that the penalty needs to be more than the potential “reward” for fraud. Here is a great example from an article posted by the Heritage Foundation.

How Can You Use Obamacare to Scam Taxpayers?

Looking for a little extra cash? If you’re interested in defrauding taxpayers, it might be as easy as writing down a number on a form. The number is your income.

The form is the Obamacare application. If you do not have “affordable” employer-sponsored health insurance and your income is between about $31,800 and $94,200 for a family of four (that is, between 138 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level), you qualify for an insurance subsidy through Obamacare.

But when you apply for coverage in the Obamacare insurance exchange, it’s up to you to report your income accurately. It turns out that the IRS won’t be checking everyone’s Obamacare applications. Heritage health care expert Chris Jacobs ran the numbers to show what a difference a little fraud can make. He took a hypothetical family of four with $90,000 in income who were eligible for coverage through the exchange.

If this family were honest, they would receive a subsidy of $2,997 to help cover their insurance premiums. But if that same family put down $35,000 as their income instead, they would receive $10,175 from taxpayers. Even if they were caught, they would have to pay back only $2,500 of their ill-gotten subsidy, due to a loophole in Obamacare.

Will anyone be checking? It’s doubtful, Jacobs writes: Supporters of the law claim this scenario will not happen, due to the penalties associated with misrepresenting information on application forms and tax documents. But with government auditors noting the exchanges have missed critical deadlines, and Obamacare anti-fraud investigations being cancelled, will the federal government really have the resources necessary to enforce the law, much less ensure taxpayer funds are not being abused? Congress should not expose taxpayers to this kind of liability. It’s another reason to defund Obamacare.

– See more at: http://www.askheritage.org/how-can-you-use-obamacare-to-scam-taxpayers/#sthash.ceyVlesc.dpuf

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Ridiculous Government Paperwork

This story is awesome and definitely shows how ridiculous paperwork can become. I used to do deed research and it can be very time consume (although I really enjoyed the work) to trace a piece of property back to a logical beginning. This will give you a peak into how that process works – this attorney gives an awesome response….

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Anyone who has dealt with a government agency will appreciate this.

Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years.   With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish ownership. Here’s a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client :
You have to love this lawyer……..

A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply.

(Actual reply from FHA):
“Upon review of your letter adjoining your client’s loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin.”

Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:

(Actual response):
“Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 206 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the United States from France in 1803 , the year of origin identified in our application.  For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France , which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain  The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Queen Isabella. The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus ‘s expedition. Now the Pope, as I’m sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God’s original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may we have our damn loan?”
 The loan was immediately approve

Hiring After Sequestration Furloughs

Let me get this right —

Various segments of the government are furloughing employees because of sequestration. Okay – I understand that and it makes sense.

On the other hand, some of the same departments are interviewing and hiring new employees. Hmmmm

Then, today I heard that various government agencies are advertising for interns. That would make sense, interns normally work for free in return for the experience they will gain or they work very cheap. So, imagine how confused I was when I heard how much these “interns” could make…

Here are a few examples of government intern positions…. and the administration insists that there isn’t a debt and spending problem….

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture, even as it warns it will have to furlough meat and poultry inspectors later this year, has recently posted 12 openings. One opening for a student trainee at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Iowa offers up to $24.16 an hour.
  • One NASA internship advertised on the site pays up to a whopping $83,126 — though that level of pay appears to apply only to those in a doctoral program.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is under the Department of Commerce, has posted an internship at the National Weather Service with a salary range of $31,315-$62,678.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services is shelling out more than $61,000 for a “student extern.”

This will show you that it seems the people doing the hiring aren’t talking to the people placing people on furlough…

On a broader scale, there were more than 2,700 federal jobs posted in the past 10 days across a variety of agencies. This includes 327 jobs at the Department of Agriculture, 149 in the Department of Health and Human Services and 140 at the Department of the Interior. NASA has 23 openings.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/13/feds-offering-high-paid-internships-despite-sequester/#ixzz2NZtAZyy5