Connect for Health Colorado was bragging a few weeks ago about how many folks recently signed up with them for insurance.

Connect For Health Colorado says this year’s enrollment smoother

Now we know how they did it.

Colorado’s state-run Obamacare health insurance exchange failed to check many applicants’ eligibility, according to a new report from the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

The audit happened before 83,000 Coloradans lost their health insurance through the failed Obamacare co-op.

The oopsie happened because Connect for Health Colorado didn’t bother checking Social Security numbers, whether the person was in jail, was a citizen, or even a resident before signing them up for the program.

The IG told the Colorado marketplace to clean up its eligibility process and eliminate ineligible applicants better. Connect for Health Colorado General Counsel Alan Schmitz agreed with the IG’s findings in a Sept. 15 letter, and said the co-op is working on all those recommendations.

Connect for Health Colorado told the Durango Herald that more than 117,000 people had signed up by Dec. 17 and their goal was 217,000 by next summer.

Since the inspector general has busted them on just exactly how they were planning to get to that goal, we wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t make it.