The right-wing Investors Business Daily seems to think that the Obama administration is involved in a conspiracy for following the law by allowing people to register to vote when they sign up for health insurance in the exchanges. Yet IBD admits that the law requires this. “Is Healthcare.gov Designed To Register Dem Voters?” the headline asks.
The crash-prone government health-care site asks applicants if they want to register to vote as they try to sign up for ObamaCare. By sheer coincidence, a plurality of the uninsured are likely Democratic voters.
Call it Motor Voter on steroids — the piggybacking of voter registration to an otherwise unrelated government function.
Those trying to navigate Healthcare.gov, a website that looks and functions as if designed by the department of motor vehicles, are being asked if they want to register to vote just in time for crucial 2014 midterm elections that are likely to be a referendum on ObamaCare.
Indeed, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman Brian Cook cites the Motor Voter law, also known as the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, as justification.
The law, he said, “requires states to offer voter registration (at) all offices that provide ‘public assistance’ (including Medicaid applications). Because people applying on Healthcare.gov could be eligible for either Medicaid or Marketplace coverage, we will be providing info on voter registration to people who request it.”
And that is exactly what the law requires, as they themselves admit. So where is the conspiracy, exactly? The site is designed to comply with the law. So remember, on Planet Wingnuttia, it’s tyranny if the president refuses to comply with the law — except when doing so bothers them, then it’s all part of a conspiracy.