Now liberals are accusing Obamacare of breaking the law. Specifically, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which requires public assistance programs to help applicants register to vote. Also known as the Motor Voter law, it's the reason why you can register to vote when you renew your driver's license. On Wednesday, left-leaning organizations Demos and Project Vote wrote a letter President Obama, arguing that people should be asked if they want to register to vote, given materials (unless they decline), informed of their right to vote and assisted as needed. In August, left-leaning organizations Demos and Project Vote released a report stating that the Department of Health and Human Services was not planning on instructing navigators on helping people register to vote.
The letter was sent the same day that the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration found that the government should make voting easier by reducing voting lines, expanding online voter registration and better enforcing the NVRA. They neglected to mention the Affordable Care Act's lax enforcement of that law. Here's the one reference to voting on Healthcare.gov's paper application:
If you're planning on registering to vote, USA.gov is not helpful. MSNBC noted that the Obama administration backed down from putting voter registration language in the bill because of political pressure. The fact that navigators would, and should, be helping people register to vote is disconcerting to people who don't like the navigators. Also, uninsured Americans tend to be Democrats. As The Washington Post pointed out, raising voter registration doesn't mean more people will vote, but the GOP doesn't like to take chances.
In fact, some conservatives are very worried that Obamacare is secretly, among other things, a left-wing conspiracy theory to get low income liberals to register to vote. As is the case with most left-wing conspiracies, Rush Limbaugh put it best when he called Obamacare a tool to build "a permanent, undefeatable, always-funded Democrat majority." In June on his radio show, he warned:
[T]he regime has decided to use these exchanges, probably part of the original plan, as Democrat get-out-the-vote efforts complete with walking-around money and employment for loyal Democrats.
The NVRA was passed in 1993, before the current regime took power, but whatever. In October anti-voter fraud groups worried that, if navigators and other Democratic operatives helped people vote, they would harass them into voting for left-leaning causes. “Are you comfortable with the idea of Planned Parenthood knocking on your doors to see if you want to sign up for Obamacare and registering you to vote?” True the Vote spokesman Logan Churchwell said to TheBlaze. “Are you comfortable with them showing up later and asking you why you aren’t voting for Wendy Davis?” The good news for anti-voter fraud groups, and Rush, is that now those people are less likely to be registered to vote.
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