The president and his Obamacare friends and allies may want to go back to bed and pull the covers over their heads because of the enormous and enormously embarrassing government blunder just disclosed — a massive mistake that could turn public sentiment about Obama’s healthcare takeover law even more negative.
Fox News reports that nearly 1 million people may have their tax refunds delayed — if, in fact, they’re even getting the refunds they might expect — because of data errors by both federal and state governments.
The Obama administration says it sent about 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers the wrong tax information, and officials are asking those consumers to delay filing their 2014 taxes.
California, which is running its own insurance market, just announced a similar problem affecting about 100,000 people in that state.
On the federal level, the problem apparently goes back to the healthcare.gov website, which has been plagued with troubles since it was first launched.
From the Washington Times coverage of the massive tax info error, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says data errors could mean that hundreds of thousands of people who enrolled in Obamacare won’t get the federal subsidies they expected to help reduce their insurance premiums.
…the agency said it is scrambling to fix an error on crucial forms that went out to roughly one in five HealthCare.gov customers — some 800,000 — and could affect the calculation against 2014 income that determines whether they received too much or too little of a subsidy under Obamacare.
The mad scramble to fix this latest round of Obamacare problems is underway at the same time that the Obama administration is preparing to argue a critical case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
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On March 4 the justices will hear the case challenging the legality of health premium subsidies for those in states where some 6.5 million Obamacare enrollees buy their insurance on the federal exchange.
As a columnist for Market Watch explains:
The case is important to both people and states because if these subsidies are not legal, then they will eventually stop.
Perhaps not right away, when the Court issues its opinion, but two months afterwards.
h/t: Fox News