Report: Undercover Agents Fraudulently Enroll In Obamacare

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that Obamacare (*gasp*) is highly susceptible to fraud. According to the Associated Press: Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law... The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is still paying … [Read more...]

Report: $14.4 Billion In Fraudulent Medicaid Payments Last Year

Medicaid Fraud ($14.4 Billion)

A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that federal taxpayers financed $14.4 billion in “improper payments” last year -- and who knows how much state taxpayers pitched in: In fiscal year 2013, the Medicaid program covered about 71.7 million individuals at a cost of $431.1 billion, of which CMS estimated that $14.4 billion (5.8 percent) were improper payments. GAO says the program is so big and “diverse,” it’s tough to monitor fraud. Some of this fraud includes violation … [Read more...]

Taxpayers Pay Twice For Some Obamacare Enrollees

Congrats, taxpayers: you get to hold the bag!

News broke late last week that nearly 5,000 Arkansans would be kicked off of the Obamacare “private option” program. Now, as more details emerge, it looks like things are even worse than they first appeared. There are two big concerns, which are both hinted at in yesterday’s Democrat-Gazette story on this scandal. Here’s a snippet: Among those who received the notices was Cheryl Cohen, 58, who owns Village Nutrition, a health-food store in Hot Springs Village, with her husband, … [Read more...]

Obamacare Exchange Leaks Personal Information Of 2,400 Minnesotans

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Remember when I warned you about the Obamacare navigators? The ones who are only required to have 20-30 hours of training before gaining access to unprecedented amounts of personal information? I know it is hard to imagine how this could go wrong, but somehow, the folks working in the Minnesota exchange found a way to screw it up. From The Daily Caller: An employee of Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, MNsure, sent an unencrypted file to the wrong person and left 2,400 people’s private … [Read more...]

Hot Air: Beebe and Nordex Fail to Keep Lofty Promises, Taxpayers Left Holding the Bag

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Less than five years ago, the possibilities seemed endless. Nordex USA had just announced its intention to move to Arkansas and create hundreds of new jobs. The age of renewable energy was finally here -- and it was going to lift Arkansans out of poverty and into prosperity. Arkansas would finally be the “land of opportunity.” Heck, we might even change the state motto back! You see, Nordex wasn’t just promising jobs -- they (and Governor Beebe) were promising careers. In fact, that’s what their … [Read more...]

Congressman Cotton: Cut From A Different Cloth

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Yesterday, Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton penned an op-ed in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that outlined his opposition to the recent ‘farm bill’ that was voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the piece, Cotton says: Like so many other Arkansans, farming for us isn’t a job; it’s a way of life. I took the lessons learned on our farm into the Army and now to Congress. That’s why I was disappointed with the Farm Bill considered by the House recently, which was a bad deal for … [Read more...]

Senator Rapert Calls Again for “Private Option” Delay

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Yesterday I reported that state Senator Jason Rapert announced (while attending AAI’s Monday town hall meeting in Conway) that he wanted the legislature to delay passage of the “private option” Medicaid expansion. Now the AP has picked up on the story. According to a new report, Rapert reiterated his calls for delay this morning at the Capitol, saying lawmakers should take three weeks off to go talk to their constituents and then reconvene. Talk to your constituents? What a great … [Read more...]

$400,000 For Sweet Potato Research? Yam Right!

Farmer Beebe

There are several remarkable aspects of Governor Mike Beebe’s veto of SB2, the voter ID bill, yesterday. It looks like Beebe threw a bone to the gubernatorial base -- which suggests that the base is in need of stimulation. It is also intriguing to see a governor veto a bill that passed with bipartisan support in both chambers and is supported by large majorities of Democrats, women, African-Americans, and even crusty old white guys. But most importantly: how odd it is to see a governor use the … [Read more...]