OPINION: Wall Street Journal Editorial "ObamaCare’s ‘Liar’ Subsidies"
Over the July 4 holiday, Obamacare continued to unravel. First, the Obama administration announced the delay of the employer mandate. Then, it capped the week by rolling back the verification process for eligibility on the exchanges. The administration’s recent actions raise serious concerns of what the future holds as implementation moves forward.
House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders and members of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations last week requested documents and information from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding the administration’s sudden decision to delay full implementation of the employer mandate.
July 8, 2013
EDITORIAL: ObamaCare’s ‘Liar’ Subsidies
The White House says you can sign up ‘without further verification.’
The White House seems to regard laws as mere suggestions, including the laws it helped to write. On the heels of last week's one-year suspension of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate to offer insurance to workers, the Administration is now waiving a new batch of its own ObamaCare prescriptions.
These disclosures arrived inside a 606-page catch-all final rule that the Health and Human Services Department published on July 5—a classic Friday news dump, with extra credit for the holiday weekend. HHS now says it will no longer attempt to verify individual eligibility for insurance subsidies and instead will rely on self-reporting, with minimal efforts to verify if the information consumers provide is accurate.
Remember "liar loans," the low- or no-documentation mortgages that took borrowers at their word without checking pay stubs or W-2s? ObamaCare is now on the same honor system, with taxpayers in tow.
People are supposed to receive subsidies only if their employer does not provide federally approved health benefits. Since HHS now won't require business to report those benefits or enforce the standards until 2015, it says it can't ask ObamaCare's "exchange" bureaucracies to certify who qualifies either.
HHS calls this "a slight technical correction" though it is much more than that. The exchanges will not only start dispensing benefits "based on an applicant's attestation" about his employment insurance status. HHS is also handing the exchanges "temporarily expanded discretion to accept an attestation of projected annual household income without further verification." …
All of this fits with ObamaCare's entire bloody-minded history. Democrats were determined to make their rendezvous with the liberal destiny of government-run health care, so they imposed this debacle on the country on a partisan vote and despite public opposition. Now that they are discovering how difficult it is to remake one-sixth of the U.S. economy, they are rewriting the law as they go and telling Americans they have no choice but to live with the consequences.
Read the entire editorial online here