GOP senators press Burwell on GAO report

Republican Senators are pressing Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia BurwellSylvia Mathews BurwellOvernight Healthcare: GOP chairman to introduce pre-existing condition bill ObamaCare enrollment hits 11.5M for 2017 Obama, Dems eyeing strategy to defend ObamaCare 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.

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Sens. Rob PortmanRob PortmanOPINION | They told us to abandon ObamaCare — then came the resistance Regulatory experts push Senate leaders for regulatory reform Conservative group to give GOP healthcare holdouts ‘Freedom Traitors Award’ MORE (R-Ohio), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyTrump Jr. adds to legal team ahead of Senate meeting Pentagon to address M spent on untested Afghan camouflage: report Franken: Trump Jr., Manafort need to testify under oath MORE (R-Iowa) and Orrin HatchOrrin HatchHatch shares gif of dumpster fire: ‘Checking in on Dodd Frank’ Senate panel advances Trump's tax policy nominee Healthcare debacle raises pressure for GOP on taxes 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.