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.
The Obamacare train keeps wrecking. Latest news? Eligibility for the vast new subsidies is on the "honor system."… http://t.co/ELviLumMOg
— American Commitment (@AmerComm) July 7, 2013
Fraud Alert: Health insurance marketplaces will not be required to verify consumer claims – The Washington Post http://t.co/grL0H6J3mb
— C. Michael Gibson MD (@CMichaelGibson) July 5, 2013
— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) July 6, 2013
Can you say, "Disaster waiting to happen?" Health insurance marketplaces not required to verify consumer claims http://t.co/KAOg3TcitO
— JR Ball (@jrball35) July 6, 2013
— Razor (@hale_razor) July 6, 2013
If you like your Clusterfark, you can keep your Clusterfark – Obamacare marketplaces will not be required to verify http://t.co/EMtqxGrg2b
— ShovelReadyArugula (@ShovelReadyArug) July 6, 2013
Say what? Can you say cluster****? >> Health insurance marketplaces will not be required to verify consumer claims http://t.co/VF1r6ReXce
— Eye on Politics (@EyeOnPolitics) July 6, 2013
No verification? What could go wrong? http://t.co/NezIfKpH22
— Kristina Ribali (@KristinaRibali) July 6, 2013
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.
— Tampa (@S1CT) July 6, 2013
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?
— Matthew DesOrmeaux ⚜ (@cynicusprime) July 6, 2013