By any means necessary...
The new ObamaCare application has a hidden bonus for Democrats.
The 61-page application asks all sorts of personal questions about the applicant's identity and qualification for Obamacare. And on page 59, it asks the applicant to check a box to register to vote.
The placement of the question could lead some to believe they have to register to vote to get health care.
In the introduction of the document, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services declare: "This document-the 'questionnaire'-represents each possible item that may need to be asked for successful eligibility determinations."
After the box is checked, the helpful government functionary can hand them over to the equally helpful Organizing For America rep to make sure they register for the right party.I've even heard of cases where a registrar for ACORN, Organizing For America or similar groups told these low information, non-English speaking applicant that registering as a Democrat means you can only vote for Democrats.
Considering that the Democrats want to extend ObamaCare to illegal aliens and that the amnesty the Administration wants obviously include them, the implications are pretty clear. Like the Clinton motor voter registration bill, this is a clear encouragement to voter fraud.
Aside from the other implications, access to this goldmine of personal data makes it dead easy for Democrat activists to target anyone who's applied for ObamaCare for Get Out The Vote efforts.
So, you ask yourselves...what does health and Human Services have to do with voter registration?
That's exactly what Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., chair of the House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee
wanted to know, So he wrote a letter to HHS honcho Kathleen Sebelius:
"The draft documents wander into areas outside the department's purview and links applications for health insurance subsidies to voter registration," he wrote in the letter provided to Secrets. "The position of the question could lead some to think voter registration is somehow tied to subsidy eligibility," he added.
Boustany, a Louisiana Republican, said the application raises two alarming issues: What does HHS plan to do with all the information it collects on each applicant and will pro-Obama groups like AARP and Families USA that might be tapped as "navigators" to sign people up to Obamacare, steer them to register as Democrats. Others have indicated that groups like Planned Parenthood and ACORN could also act as a navigator.
In his letter, Boustany demands from HHS guidance for the navigator program, especially whether they will be encouraged to ask applicants about their voting status. He set an April 8 deadline for HHS' response.
He added that the Affordable Care Act does not let HHS probe into an applicant's choice to vote. What's more, he said the Paperwork Reduction Act requires that federal agencies seek only information needed to do their job.
"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," wrote Boustany.
Of course, Sebelius isn't going to reply. Or if she does, it will be along the lines of 'so what? what are you going to do about it?'
There's actually plenty Congress could do about it, if they wanted to. The House holds the purse strings, and they could stop ObamaCare dead in its tracks by simply not funding it.There's nothing in the U.S. Constitution that says they can't.
No matter how abusive, expensive and ill-planned ObamaCare is, the odds of the House doing so are slim and none.
I actually respect the Democrats more in this area. When it comes to obstructing cabinet or judicial nominations, appointments, laws, funding and procedures that disagree with their agenda, they're willing to go to the wall.
They could care less about appearing 'reasonable' or 'bi-partisan'. Because they're about winning.