'Obama-snares': 4 bad health care reform scams
4 bad health care reform scams
Would you fork over your bank account number to a caller who claims to be a federal employee peddling a new mandatory national care health card? Or buy a health plan through a sketchy online health insurance exchange months before the real ones open? Or fall for "death panel" insurance?
There's an army of con artists and opportunists out there hoping to convert your confusion over President Barack Obama's landmark health care reform law, casually known as Obamacare, into ready cash by any means possible.
"Confusion is a con artist's best friend," says Jim Quiggle, spokesman for the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, an alliance of consumer groups, insurers and government agencies. "Obamacare scams appear to be a spreading problem in many states around the country."
Quiggle says con artists have been leveraging consumers' befuddlement over the Affordable Care Act to commit identity theft and sell bogus policies from the minute the president signed the law.
Don't be a victim. Here are four common Obamacare scams and ways to avoid them.