You can’t avoid signing up. And, as usual, you are being told it is for the good of the people. Of course if your people are career corrupt democrats.
As members of Congress continue to argue over the Affordable Care Act, one impact of the law on partisan politics has largely been left out of the conversation: voter registration.
The National Voter Registration Act of 1993, also known as the “Motor Voter” law, requires government agencies to offer individuals the opportunity to vote—and that includes the newly opened Obamacare exchanges.
That gives some Republicans one more reason to oppose the law. If low-income applicants lean Democratic, the argument goes, the exchanges could boost the party’s voter rolls.
“The practice raises longstanding suspicions on the right that the ACA exchanges are designed for political as well as regulatory purposes,” said Tim Miller, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been characteristically blunt on the subject. “The purpose of Obamacare got nothing to do with your health, and nothing to do with your insurance,” he said. “It’s about building a permanent, undefeatable, always-funded Democrat majority.”
In Washington, Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in March, expressing concerns about the linking of ACA insurance applications to voter registration.
“While the health care law requires that government agencies collect vast information about Americans’ personal lives, it does not give your Department an interest in whether individual Americans choose to vote,” he wrote.
Boustany’s office did not respond to requests for comment.
Yet voter-rights advocates maintain that voter registration is not a partisan issue. “Those new voters could be up for grabs by all parties,” said Laura Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office. “I think it’s very unreasonable to assume someone voting for the first time is necessarily going to be voting one way or the other.”
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, voter registration must be offered on the ACA exchange application because of the Medicaid eligibility determination. To be in compliance, CMS says they are including language on the paper and online applications that says, “If you want to register to vote, you can complete a voter registration form at usa.gov.” States that have opted to create their own exchanges are able to develop their own applications and choose how they enforce the National Voter Registration Act requirement.
California was the first state to decide to enforce voter registration requirements through the ACA. “Nearly 5.8 million Californians who are otherwise eligible to vote are not currently registered,” said Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla, who authored the bill enforcing voter registration. “Covered California [the state’s exchange] provides a unique opportunity to reduce the number of unregistered Californians and increase participation.
Of course this is the way it was designed. ACA is like honey to bees, low information, looking for handouts bees who are always leaning Left, because Left gives them free stuff like the Walmarts in LA. The fact we know they know we know and they still get away with it, shows how badly our political landscape has been tilted to the Left. Worse, the Left is more than willing to use the armed branches of the government to enforce its will.
Scary times folks.
Ask yourself this question. If you sign up and put in “Republican” how will your healthcare be handled?