GOP senators press Burwell on GAO report

Republican Senators are pressing Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia BurwellSylvia Mathews BurwellHHS projects 13.8M ObamaCare signups for 2017 Republicans demand documents from insurers on ObamaCare 'bailout' Top health officials: Funding delay hurt Zika response MORE to take action in response to a Government Accountability Officer report that found problems with the healthcare law’s enrollment system.

GAO officials were able to sign 11 fictitious people up for the health exchanges using fake immigration and income documents, and were able to receive government subsidies on their plans.

Sens. Rob PortmanRob PortmanRepublican opposition to raising the minimum wage Is crumbling Trump: 'Very disappointed' GOP senator dropped support GOP senator: I'd consider Clinton Supreme Court pick MORE (R-Ohio), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyReport: Investor visa program mainly funds wealthy areas Cotton not ruling out 2020 White House bid Ben Stein revives ‘Ferris Bueller’ role for Grassley ad MORE (R-Iowa) and Orrin HatchOrrin HatchGOP lawmakers ask IRS to explain M wasted on unusable email system GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Schumer says Pacific trade pact may have enough votes to pass the Senate MORE (R-Utah) in a Wednesday letter to Burwell said the incident was troubling and highlights problems with the enrollment system.

They asked what actions Burwell intends to take to address the findings.

The GAO report is only the latest bad news for the HHS application verification system.

Several HHS Office of Inspector General reports have found problems with the system, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has admitted a million people may be at risk of paying back a portion of their subsidies because they were ineligible for them.

The administration argues that despite problems verifying people’s income and citizenship status when the exchanges were launched, they are catching up and fixing the problems.