A cynical man might think that Obama Inc. was trying to improve their odds in Congress by improving the popularity of ObamaCare by making it into a free-for-all until there’s suddenly a cutoff at 2015.
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.
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.
In other words, you’re eligible for ObamaCare if you say so. Until after the midterm elections when they suddenly stop taking your word for it.
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.
“The exchange may accept the applicant’s attestation regarding enrollment in eligible employer-sponsored plan . . . without further verification,” according to the final rule.
Who needs verification anyway? Until the system crashes and then the real rationing kicks in.