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States warn of 'Obamacare' scams

New York Times, April 26, 2010

Con artists in several states are seizing on the public's financial struggles and confusion about the recent healthcare overhaul, the authorities say. The trend has generated warnings from state insurance departments and Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services. The authorities say the elderly and the poor are especially vulnerable to the bogus plans, which have names like Obamacare and Obama Health Plan and promise affordable compliance with the new law. The fraudsters often impersonate insurance agents and government workers, the New York Times reports.