Coats Notes: Closing Guantanamo Bay Would Be a Mistake

Senator Dan Coats
2016-02-26 17:18:25
A message from Senator Dan Coats <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/coats_ topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Closing Guantanamo Bay Would Be a Mistake On Tuesday, President Obama sent Congress a plan to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison and move Guantanamo detainees to the United States. For years, the facility at Guantanamo Bay has been a valuable tool in our counterterrorism efforts. Moving Guantanamo detainees into the United States poses significant security risks, and we should not endanger American families simply for President Obama's legacy. There is strong, bipartisan opposition in Congress to bringing terrorists to American soil. Congress already voted on an bipartisan basis to prohibit the president from transferring Guantanamo detainees to the United States. At the end of 2015, President Obama signed a bill into law that specifically prohibits the plan he announced this week. I will fight any plan that closes Guantanamo without congressional approval. _____ Waste of the Week: Obamacare Fraud <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15678.24652237.5715120.7189397&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yout ube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3d-Ne0W18FqVo%26amp%3bfeature%3dyoutu.be> A new report released this week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) details how the Obama Administration continues to take a "passive" approach to dealing with potential fraud in the Obamacare program. GAO found that in 2014, over four million Obamacare applicants received a total of $1.7 billion in taxpayer subsidies despite unresolved documentation errors. What this means is that the HealthCare.gov site is allowing people to sign up for and receive Obamacare benefits without proper verification. Hundreds of thousands of people have been able to get their Obamacare applications approved without having their eligibility verified. According to GAO, one of the biggest problems with HealthCare.gov is that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is responsible for the oversight and management of Obamacare, did not resolve Social Security number inconsistencies for thousands of applications. Instead, CMS approved subsidized coverage without securing Social Security numbers from the applicants, potentially allowing access to illegal immigrants or other ineligible individuals. To qualify for an Obamacare subsidy, individuals must be a citizen or legal resident and fall within a certain income range. HealthCare.gov is supposed to verify this criteria during the registration process. CMS appears more than willing to look the other way in order to approve benefits for President Obama's health care law. If that wasn't bad enough, GAO found that CMS actually knew that millions of applicants were potentially fraudulent, yet still approved the applications. So in order meet Obamacare enrollment goals, the administration continues to turn a blind eye to problems with thousands of deficient applications. GAO investigators bluntly stated in their report, HealthCare.gov "is at risk of granting eligibility to, and making subsidy payments on behalf of individuals who are ineligible to enroll." I find it outrageous that the Obama Administration has failed to address this issue and potentially millions or even billions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted. To address this issue, I am introducing legislation that will mandate CMS to recoup all improperly paid subsidies, and I will continue to press the agency to take actions to enforce existing requirements. To watch me speak about the GAO report, click here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15678.24652237.5715120.7189397&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yout ube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3d-Ne0W18FqVo%26amp%3bfeature%3dyoutu.be> or on the image above. Coats in the News Hoosier senators support North Korea sanctions <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15678.24652237.5715120.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.heral dbulletin.com%2fnews%2flocal_news%2fhoosier-senators-support-north-korea -sanctions%2farticle_4263afce-124a-510d-87b2-d5393c76d2b9.html> DC Report: Coats regrets no long-term solution to nation's debt <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15678.24652237.5715120.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwlfi.com% 2f2016%2f02%2f25%2fdc-report-coats-regrets-no-long-term-solution-to-nati ons-debt%2f> Connect to Congress: Senator Daniel Coats <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15678.24652237.5715120.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2flocal12.c om%2fnews%2fconnect-to-congress%2fconnect-to-congress-senator-daniel-coa ts> DC Report: US Sen. 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A message from Senator Dan Coats  

Dear Friend,

Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback.

Thanks for reading,
Dan Coats


Closing Guantanamo Bay Would Be a Mistake

On Tuesday, President Obama sent Congress a plan to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison and move Guantanamo detainees to the United States.

For years, the facility at Guantanamo Bay has been a valuable tool in our counterterrorism efforts. Moving Guantanamo detainees into the United States poses significant security risks, and we should not endanger American families simply for President Obama’s legacy. There is strong, bipartisan opposition in Congress to bringing terrorists to American soil.

Congress already voted on an bipartisan basis to prohibit the president from transferring Guantanamo detainees to the United States. At the end of 2015, President Obama signed a bill into law that specifically prohibits the plan he announced this week.

I will fight any plan that closes Guantanamo without congressional approval.


Waste of the Week: Obamacare Fraud

A new report released this week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) details how the Obama Administration continues to take a “passive” approach to dealing with potential fraud in the Obamacare program.

GAO found that in 2014, over four million Obamacare applicants received a total of $1.7 billion in taxpayer subsidies despite unresolved documentation errors. What this means is that the HealthCare.gov site is allowing people to sign up for and receive Obamacare benefits without proper verification. Hundreds of thousands of people have been able to get their Obamacare applications approved without having their eligibility verified.

According to GAO, one of the biggest problems with HealthCare.gov is that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is responsible for the oversight and management of Obamacare, did not resolve Social Security number inconsistencies for thousands of applications. Instead, CMS approved subsidized coverage without securing Social Security numbers from the applicants, potentially allowing access to illegal immigrants or other ineligible individuals. To qualify for an Obamacare subsidy, individuals must be a citizen or legal resident and fall within a certain income range. HealthCare.gov is supposed to verify this criteria during the registration process.

CMS appears more than willing to look the other way in order to approve benefits for President Obama’s health care law. If that wasn’t bad enough, GAO found that CMS actually knew that millions of applicants were potentially fraudulent, yet still approved the applications. So in order meet Obamacare enrollment goals, the administration continues to turn a blind eye to problems with thousands of deficient applications.

GAO investigators bluntly stated in their report, HealthCare.gov “is at risk of granting eligibility to, and making subsidy payments on behalf of individuals who are ineligible to enroll.”

I find it outrageous that the Obama Administration has failed to address this issue and potentially millions or even billions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted. To address this issue, I am introducing legislation that will mandate CMS to recoup all improperly paid subsidies, and I will continue to press the agency to take actions to enforce existing requirements.

To watch me speak about the GAO report, click here or on the image above.

Coats in the News

Hoosier senators support North Korea sanctions

DC Report: Coats regrets no long-term solution to nation’s debt

Connect to Congress: Senator Daniel Coats

DC Report: US Sen. Coats just 10 months left

Sen. Dan Coats calls Carrier's across the border move 'disgraceful'


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Coats with Hoosiers


Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams and I discussed ways to address drug abuse in Indiana.


Butler Blue III stopped by my office before the Bulldogs take on Georgetown in men's basketball on Saturday.


It was great to meet with members of the Greater Lafayette Commerce during their annual trip to DC.


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