Congress should intervene

A health insurance company that notified one-fourth of its customers their rates might go up or they might not get coverage at all because of an in-office mistake with records might well pay the price of being driven out of business.

But the Affordable Care Act is different. It’s the law. No matter how many costly errors are made, ACA will remain in operation.

Just weeks ago, President Barack Obama and others in his administration were bragging that 8 million Americans had signed up for insurance under ACA.

Recently, it was revealed there are “inconsistencies” in more than 2 million applications for coverage.

Discrepancies in the applications mean some people will not be eligible for government insurance subsidies they expected. Others may be denied coverage altogether.

About 1.2 million applications contain discrepancies involving applicants’ incomes. Another 505,000 “inconsistencies” are related to immigration records. The remaining 461,000 problems are with citizenship information.

Officials say most of the discrepancies are because of outdated information in government files, not faulty applications.

The ACA passed the train-wreck stage months ago. Now it appears to be a genuine meltdown.

Congress needs to correct this fiasco.