As if the ObamaCare website didn’t already have enough problems. Weeks after it launched, many people were still having problems with the site, and as of the writing of this blog, the site was completely down for repairs once again.
But that’s not even the latest issue to plague a healthcare program that has been called everything from a disaster in the making to a train wreck. No, the latest word about the Not-So-Affordable Health Care Act is that scammers are defrauding people attempting to use the site to sign up for health insurance coverage.
How are they trying to clean out the bank accounts of Americans seeking healthcare coverage? Well, in Tennessee, for example, scam artists are calling people and claiming that they need their Social Security numbers in order to sign them up for a new ObamaCare insurance card.
Other scammers randomly call consumers and offer to walk them through the process of applying for ObamaCare at a cost of $100. Others are making calls to people claiming they need to update their Medicare profiles. Still others are setting up illegitimate websites they want people to visit instead of the legitimate ones.
Why is it so easy to fool people? Because the law requires that consumers share personal data, including their income, and because while there is one official federal website, there are also sites run by the states, plus third-party sites that connect consumers with insurance brokers. The more legitimate sites there are, the easier it is to lead people to a bogus one.
If you want to get healthcare insurance through ObamaCare, you should go through the federal website (www.healthcare.gov) rather than dealing with potential scammers over the phone. Oh wait, that’s right, the site’s not working.
Has anyone tried to scam you regarding ObamaCare? If you’ve visited the federal website, what has your experience been like? I’d love to hear from you about this and I’m sure other blog readers would, too.