Application 'inconsistencies' could jeopardize coverage under new health law for some

WASHINGTON – Many of the 8 million people who signed up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care now have an asterisk next to their names.

A government document provided to The Associated Press indicates that at least 2 million people enrolled for taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance have data discrepancies in their applications.

Each case involves a mismatch between key personal details that the consumer supplied and what the government has on record.

If unresolved, those discrepancies could affect what some people pay for coverage, or even their legal right to benefits.

The administration says it is working all-out to resolve the issues.

But congressional Republicans opposed to the law are launching investigations, saying they’re concerned that the government may be wasting money.