**Written by Doug Powers
Last week it was announced that the Obamacare employer mandate was being pushed back by a year. Now, another adjustment: If you want to climb aboard the train wreck of the future, you won’t have to show your boarding pass — all you’ll have to do is say you have one:
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 White House delay on the employer mandate to provide health insurance has raised questions about the readiness of the Affordable Care Act on the whole.
Handing out government benefits on the honor system. Nothing can go wrong there, can it?
What’s the reason for this delay?
After encountering “legislative and operational barriers,” the federal government will not require the District and the 16 states that are running their own marketplaces to verify a consumer’s statement that they do not receive health insurance from their employer.
One of those “legislative barriers” to implementing the Affordable Care Act is… the Affordable Care Act.
What could go wrong?
Just wait until next year when HHS reports that 108% of Americans don't have insurance and receive ACA subsidies.
— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) July 6, 2013
That makes a good point as far as why this probably isn’t a major concern for the administration — perhaps quite the opposite. It’s not like we’re talking about using the honor system when it comes to income tax. We’re talking about making it easier to lie in order to obtain a government benefit some people might not otherwise be qualified to receive under the Obamacare law. Hypothetically, if a lot of people fudge the truth to access benefits, that upping of the participation will only help Obamacare proponents “prove” that the law is A) necessary, B) popular, and therefore C) under-funded.
On that point, here’s Yuval Levin at NRO:
Opening the door wide open to fraud could well increase the number of people in the exchanges, but it will also make that number far less meaningful — casting a shadow over whatever is achieved by the enrollment effort set to launch in the fall. It will also, needless to say, increase the cost of the exchange subsidies. The administration is clearly worried enough about enrollment to take that risk and bear that cost. It seems to be operating under the assumption that the way to secure Obamacare’s future is to get as many people as possible into the system and receiving subsidies. Maybe they’re right, and maybe they’re wrong, but they certainly seem increasingly desperate.
The only thing that remains to be seen is if Obamacare will cover care for exhausted librarians.
Update: George Will: What is required in order for Obamacare to work is mass irrationality.
(h/t Hot Air)
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