We can trust folks …
I’m actually pretty much speechless on this one:
Since October 1, individuals have been trying (with great difficulty) to apply online for the health plans offered in Obamacare’s new exchanges, and for the subsidies attached. Starting January 1, 2014, taxpayers will foot the bill for anyone receiving Obamacare subsidies. Here’s the problem: Millions of Americans who claim to be eligible for a taxpayer-provided subsidy might not be.
Earlier this year, the administration admitted it was not even going to check if applicants were eligible for subsidies. Instead, it said it would rely on individuals to “self-attest” they are eligible for subsidies.
Uhm … item:
Yea, this is a great idea. Let’s allow people to self-report their income regarding a new entitlement eligibility. That’s going to work GREAT.
Apparently, it’s simply TOO HARD to verify income. Here, the Daily Kos (no link) explains why income verification is a bad thing:
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to speculate that all of the issues, noted above, would add significant cost-overruns and schedule delays (or, if additional data processing tasks to meet G.O.P. demands are added to the mix, they could add exponentially greater cost overruns and schedule delays) to the rollout of the ACA programs both on a federal level and throughout the country.
Democrats need to move cautiously before accepting well-intentioned conditions from bipartisan negotiators when it comes to launching these types of technology- and data-dependent health insurance programs. As is often the case in the private sector, when it comes to making (political and legislative) commitments that rely upon well-thought-out data processing initiatives, agreeing to what might appear to be a modest, negotiated demand for a seemingly-benign issue such as more stringent income verification might very well deliver up a program with massive delays that inadvertently discriminates against those that the overall ACA effort was focused upon helping most—which is what the Tea Partiers have always wanted anyway–and exponential cost overruns, instead.
Dang those Tea Partiers! Income verification is all a nefarious plot to ruin Obama’s shiny Affordable Care Act.