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Obama-Care Won’t Verify Income, Insurance Status

From the Washington Post:

Health insurance marketplaces will not be required to verify consumer claims

By Sarah Kliff and Sandhya Somashekhar [sic] | July 5, 2013

The Obama administration announced Friday that it would significantly scale back the health law’s requirements that new insurance marketplaces verify consumers’ income and health insurance status.

They didn’t ‘announce’ anything. They buried this information in a massive 600-page rule that was snuck out the day after the Fourth of July, when they thought no one would notice.

Instead, the federal government will rely more heavily on consumers’ self-reported information until 2015, when it plans to have stronger verification systems in place.

How well did that work out for subprime mortgages?

The delay comes after a Tuesday announcement that the federal government would postpone for one year a requirement that employers with 50 or more full-time workers provide health coverage…

And some of us noted when the employer mandate delay was announced that verification would thereby also be impossible.

The verification systems are meant to determine who qualifies for new benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The law includes tax subsidies to purchase health insurance for Americans who earn less than 400 percent of the poverty line, about $45,000 for an individual…

The federal government also needs to know who receives health insurance coverage from an employer. Consumers who receive affordable health insurance from their company under a policy that costs less than 9.5 percent of their income do not qualify for tax credits under the Affordable Care Act…

Maybe we should all lie. Even the IRS can’t round us all up. (Just kidding.)

New regulations published Friday scaled back the federal government’s role in determining whether information submitted to new health marketplace is accurate.

After encountering “legislative and operational barriers,” the federal government will not require the District and the 16 states that are running their own marketplaces to verify a consumer’s statement that they do not receive health insurance from their employer.

That is, the Obama administration is trying to blame Republicans for their own incompetence. As usual.

“The exchange may accept the applicant’s attestation regarding enrollment in eligible employer-sponsored plan . . . without further verification,” according to the final rule…

It is not unprecedented for the government to use the honor system in situations in which it collects data on millions of individuals, said Timothy S. Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., and a consumer advocate. For example, people are expected to report their cash tips to the Internal Revenue Service as income…

Oh, our sides. Ask any waiter or bartender how much of his cash income he declares.

In addition, lying on the exchange form carries with it a penalty of as much as $25,000. An individual who fibbed on his income would also have to pay back the extra subsidies when filing a tax return for 2014…

We saw how successfully they got back all the money that was bilked in the name of Katrina. And this will be a thousand times larger.

Still, Jost said, Friday’s rule shows that the government is in “triage mode. They have tried to figure out what they need to do right now and what they can delay until later. And they are very low on resources.”

Ian Spatz, a senior adviser at Manatt Health Solutions, agreed. “As crunch time is coming, they’re just muddling through and figuring out short cuts,” he said. “It might not be elegant, but this is how they’re trying to make the law work.” …

BS. In fact, Obama is just throwing aside any rules and literally inviting anyone and everyone to lie and get an Obama-Care subsidy before anyone checks up on your actual income. (It’s not unlike the way the mortgage standards were cast aside, ‘to let everyone own a house.’)

And Obama’s goal here is clear as day: To get as many people dependent on these subsidies as quickly as possible so that it becomes impossible to ever roll back Obama-Care. And it doesn’t matter how much fraud and waste it takes to accomplish that.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 8th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama-Care Won’t Verify Income, Insurance Status”

  1. untrainable says:

    Friday’s rule shows that the government is in “triage” mode.
    Triage is not generally necessary without a disaster. Are they admitting that Obamacare is a disaster?

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Since when is the White House allowed to write legislation? The executive branch can only enforce the law, or in the case of immigration, not enforce the law. Since when have they been granted powers to review and write law that belong to the judicial and legislative branches respectively? And why doesn’t a single republican have enough backbone to call them on this nonsense?

  3. GetBackJack says:

    I love the title on a piece in American Thinker Monday, July 8, referring to the math of ObamaCare

    “.. And Then A Miracle Happens …”

  4. yadayada says:

    how much are you willing to wager that when the IRS gave “extra scrutiny ” to conservative groups that some of their donor rolls wont be used to determine who gets audited for obamacare?
    easy to understand why IRS runs it.
    do you itemize? did you give to a tea party politician?
    oh your status and income will be quickly and easily verified.

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