By the way, there’s one more bit of news about Obamacare making the rounds this holiday week. Not only has the employer mandate been pushed back until the 2014 elections are safely out of the way; the Washington Post reported Friday that individuals dealing with the government’s new insurance exchanges will be on the honor system for the first year while the government does what it can to put actual, working verification systems in place.

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.

We wouldn’t worry about fraud. As the Post points out, “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.” If the honor system can work to secure the nation’s borders and ensure honest elections, it can certainly keep a trillion-dollar government program in line.

We’re still waiting for President Obama to explain how the administration can just ignore the 2014 effective date for the employer mandate expressly written into the law he signed. It’s the law, right?

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