The shortcomings of ObamaCare continue to seep into the light, putting the lie to virtually every claim made by Barack Hussein about his namesake “healthcare” scheme. But one part of the law remains as much a mystery now as when it was written.
Section 1555 of the Affordable Care Act is quite short. It reads:
“No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendment), and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such issuer for choosing not to participate in such programs.”
Authors of the Affordable Care Act knew it would be unconstitutional to demand that 300 million Americans purchase health insurance. So they provided a way out, albeit with the payment of a penalty. It is this right to opt out of ObamaCare that applies to “individuals, companies, businesses and nonprofit entities,” just as it says in Section 1555.
But the Section’s language then begs the question: What is so special about “health insurance issuers [who offer] group or individual health insurance coverage?” Why are these individuals (or groups) so obviously singled out for exemption from the ACA? And why are they spared payment of the ObamaCare penalty?
Numerous exemptions were awarded to the politically connected after the passage of ObamaCare, including most of the restaurants and night clubs in Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco district. But these little slices of political payback were doled out after the fact. None had been made part of the law itself.
So why the red carpet for “health insurance issuers?”
Because the thousands of ObamaCare “navigators” who will be paid to collect the most sensitive and personal of information from ObamaCare enrollees will become health insurance issuers themselves. And most important, in addition to collecting Social Security numbers, ObamaCare navigators will also be registering voters!
According to the People’s World newspaper, “California’s Secretary of State Debra Bowen is designating the state’s new Health Benefit Exchange, Covered California, as a voter registration agency under the National Voter Registration Act. That means Covered California will be incorporating voter registration into every transaction — online, in-person and by phone — it has with consumers.” In short, “…Obama supporters have found a new way to fill the void left by the bankruptcy of ACORN, the notorious left-wing voter-registration group that saw dozens of its employees in multiple states convicted of fraud.”
So the authors of the Affordable Care Act appear to have written a very accommodating exemption for members of ACORN Redux right into the ObamaCare law! And Barack’s old crew of community organizers will have access to the Federal Data Hub, a massive computer system that will house the personal information of every ObamaCare enrollee as it connects HHS, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, Homeland Security, and countless additional federal bureaucracies.
Perhaps the logging of Data Hub time will give navigators something to do between the signing of ObamaCare enrollees as members of the Democrat Party.
Thanks again, Chief Justice Roberts.
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