A Tennessee Republican doesn’t think the honor system and Obamacare are a good combination.
As the days wind down to the Oct. 1 beginning of Obamacare enrollment, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., on Thursday said she is introducing a bill to delay any implementation until safeguards are in place to make sure applicants for federal health-insurance subsidies actually need them.
Black said the bill is necessary because the administration’s July 3 announcement that it would delay a requirement that businesses with more than 50 workers provide insurance coverage for employees will make the program impossible to get going without opening the door to massive fraud.
Because of the delay, those applying for insurance subsidies to obtain coverage will not have to prove they are unable to obtain policies through their job, or even provide proof that their income makes them eligible for federal subsidies in the first place.
“Buried in more than 600 pages of this new regulation was a controversial decision to delay verification of eligibility for Obamacare subsidies, and instead use the honor system,” Black said, according to The Hill.
According to federal regulations, the health-insurance exchanges being set up at the state level for health-insurance policies will have “temporarily expanded discretion to accept an attestation of projected annual income,” The Hill wrote.
That’s a really long, bureaucratic way of saying “we’ll take their word for it.”
Obamacare’s shrinking number of supporters say the move will enable the working poor to sign up for health insurance their employers won’t provide.
The law’s growing number of critics, though, see it as a move by the White House to get so many Americans signed up for the new entitlement that it will be politically impossible to ever get rid of it.
In essence, it will be Obamacare by inertia.
But Black said the price is too high just for taxpayers to subsidize Barack Obama’s legacy of liberalism.
“In a desperate attempt to try to save the president’s failing health care law, the administration is willing to give out billions of dollars in fraudulent payments,” she said.
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