Kini Kay of Norman, Oklahoma found a nasty surprise in his mailbox earlier this month. No, it wasn’t a heart-attack inducing notice from the IRS, at least not quite. It was a scare of a new variety: an ObamaScare letter.
A letter from the Health Insurance Marketplace, the division of government where Americans can enroll in Obamacare, was sent to Kini Kay last week. The letter listed his address and an application ID (similar to an eight digit number), and asked him to confirm his information and visit healthcare.gov.
The letter claimed that he had submitted an enrollment application for ObamaCare via Healthcare.gov but needed to finish the process. Kay says he has never visited the online health exchange.
“It says ‘Dear Kini, confirm your information. You submitted an application for health coverage’ I did not, I’ve never been anywhere near that website.”
The letter from HHS went on to threaten Mr. Kini that if he didn’t rectify the situation within the next 45 days, “your tax credits will be denied.” And there’s when the IRS joins the story.
The feds are essentially saying, “Sign up now, or we’ll send the IRS after you!”
Mr. Kay insists, “I never started an application,” so how did he get this letter from the federal government in the first place?
A spokesperson with the Department of Health and Human services says they have been sending out the letters. But there’s no way Kay would have received it if he never applied at the Marketplace. This is the first time they’ve heard from anyone saying they received this letter when they didn’t apply.
However, we know this not to be true. Remember our earlier story about Florida residents receiving similar letters?
Earlier this month a man in Fort Meyers, Florida revealed that he had received a letter from HHS that said they had “started” an application for him. Like Mr. Kay, the Floridian insisted he had never even visited the exchange.
In the closing days of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was mailing out letters notifying certain Americans that they had already started a healthcare coverage application on their behalf.
The next step for the individual would be visit Healthcare.gov and complete the already started application to see if they qualify for “Marketplace coverage.”
In that case HHS had obtained this man’s information from the state of Florida itself. It is, as of yet, unclear how Mr. Kay’s information was acquired for the letter he recently received.
Here is the report from Oklahoma City’s News 9 with more about Kini Kay’s letter.
At the beginning of April, the President strolled out on the lawn of the White House to claim victory and hold a press conference touting the amazing signup numbers for ObamaCare. More than seven million people signed up, or so we were told. When we discussed that Florida man’s story two weeks ago I mentioned that the revelation sure made me skeptical of that seven million number. With a second incident now, in a state half-way across the country, we really must now ask, “Mr. President, how many of the seven million Americans who signed up for ObamaCare do so against their will, with the “help” of your HHS?”
If I was Mr. Kay, I would be demanding an answer.