At the risk of sounding like a broken record here, I’ll repeat something I’ve said many times over the last year:
We can’t allow ourselves to become distracted!
I know, I know: the kids are out of school, it’s summer vacation, yada, yada, yada… Plus, the news cycle has been consumed with a variety of items lately (George Zimmerman, Immigration, Obama’s Africa Extravaganza, Edward Snowden, etc.,…).
But while each of those stories are important to one degree or another, they’re all that’s been breathlessly hyperbolized by our National News Spinners. Meanwhile, one of the most debilitating laws in the history of our nation has continued to roll along: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare“.
The Media is not talking about this any more than it has to, so it’s remained largely off the news radar. One of the main reasons has been its enduring unpopularity: fully 50% of the nation has an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare, and THAT’s after a year of constant Obama speeches on it prior to its passing, and another 3 years of trying to make us like it.
Here’s a hint, Lefties: It ain’t working.
But with the Administration gearing up to once again try to get us to “eat our peas”, this time by enlisting help from librarians, professional athletes and school children, let’s take a peek at a brand new concern that Obamacare is bringing our way: the virtual certainty of excessive (and expensive) FRAUD.
Courtesy of the Weekly Standard:
“…As California prepares to launch its health care exchange, consumer groups are worried the uninsured could fall victim to fraud, identity theft or other crimes at the hands of some of the very people who are supposed to help them enroll.
The exchange, known as Covered California, recently adopted rules for a network of more than 21,000 enrollment counselors who will provide consumers with in-person assistance as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. In some cases, they will have access to personal and financial information, from ID cards to medical histories.
But the state insurance commissioner and anti-fraud groups say the exchange is falling short in ensuring that the people hired as counselors are adequately screened and monitored.
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones also said the exchange does not have a plan for investigating any complaints that might arise once the counselors start work. That means consumers who might fall prey to bogus health care products, identity theft and other abuses will have a hard time seeking justice if unscrupulous counselors get hold of their Social Security number, bank accounts, health records or other private information, he said….”
Hey, this sounds GREAT: not only are we being made to suffer with a law that will be far in excess of its originally promised cost yet still leave tens of millions without coverage, we now get to deal with an avalanche of fraud that is being enabled by the law itself!!
Recalling how excited they were at passing Obamacare, I’m sure that Pelosi and the gang are positively horrified by this news…
OK, maybe not.
But news like this is still filtering through, as cracks in the ill-conceived law are appearing everywhere:
- unions are abandoning Obamacare as they’re realizing to what degree their membership will be adversely affected.
- Since Obama is currently attempting to delay the employer mandate, he has potentially given millions of Americans the necessary legal standing (and even better, the time) to challenge the law in court.
- As more companies are deliberately downsizing their full-time staff in order to get under the 30-hour/week and 50-Full-Time worker triggers, the result is a dangerously increasing number of 29-hour, PART-time jobs replacing FULL-time ones.
I’ll say it again: we simply can’t allow ourselves to become distracted. Not that we required one, but Fraud and ID Theft are just two more reasons to move Heaven And Earth to see this repealed.
Obamacare is arguably the most important issue we’re facing this year, due to its far-reaching tentacles into almost every aspect of our lives. We ignore it at our peril.