Tax Preparers Earned Bounties to Sign People Up For ObamaCare

ObamaCare’s open enrollment was supposed to close on March 31. Then it was extended to April 15 — Tax Day. The Administration chose that date for a deliberate purpose: Tax preparers were paid to enroll people in ObamaCare. The Administration has a number of ways to pay people who are not licensed insurance agents or brokers to recruit ObamaCare applicants. A self-employed tax preparer of my acquaintance told me that his tax-preparation software vendor offered him $50 “per scalp” that he enrolled in ObamaCare. (Here’s the vendor’s website offering “referral fees“.)

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  1. Andrew says:

    I know when I did my taxes through Turbo Tax, they tried to get me to sign up for ObamaCare. I feel like they are coming at us from all angles.

  2. Matthew says:

    “…offered him $50 “per scalp” that he enrolled in ObamaCare.”

    Well that is reassuring that all we are in the eyes of the government are “scalps.”

  3. Hank T says:

    Fifty dollar per person signed? If I had known this before I would have started my own business of enrolling people to Obamacare. It is a quick and easy way to make some additional money.

  4. Timothy D says:

    I wonder how many of those 7 million new enrollees are not real. If the government was giving out 50 dollars per individual signed, I wonder how many counterfeiters took advantage of this bonanza.

    • Bill B. says:

      I wonder how many people signed up after doing their taxes. Especailly those who received substantial returns. They are in a gleeful moment having receiving a sum of their money back, health insurance probably doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

  5. Yancey Ward says:

    This suggests to me the attrition rate of the people signed up in March is likely to approach 50% or more.