People can start enrolling for ObamaCare on October 1. But only if they have identification. On Wednesday, the Examiner spoke with a representative at the Marketplace call center to inquire about what would happen if a person does not have identification, but would still like to enroll in ObamaCare (as required by law).
A provision of ObamaCare, the "individual mandate" requires that you and your dependents have health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty (really a tax, according to the Supreme Court). The penalty increases over time, presumably to ease people into the new law.
Leslie Bentz of CNN confirms the amount people will be forced to pay if they do not purchase health insurance. She writes,
"Under the new rules, individuals choosing not to carry insurance are subject to a penalty of $95 per person each year, or 1% of household income, whichever is greater, beginning in 2014. Over time, the penalty increases, so that by 2016 the penalty is $695 per person, or 2.5% of household income. Subsequent years will be calculated based on a cost-of-living formula." [emphasis added]
As it stands, enrollees will need to provide a Social Security card, as well as some form of identification, along with tax returns.
But this cannot be correct. As all Americans realize by now, obtaining identification is extremely difficult for some. In fact, if one is asked to provide identification at a polling place in order to vote, many believe that it is a form of voter disenfranchisement.
An article at Diversity Inc explains,
"The need for voter IDs in the United States is baseless, has no merit and is extremely cruel in its intent. Just because people do not live their lives like you does not mean that they are less human, less deserving of the rights of all citizens, and without need for each of us to stand firm for all of us to fully participate in the processes that shape this nation."
The release says in part,
“The Department of Justice will use all the tools it has available to ensure that each citizen can cast a ballot free from impermissible discrimination,” said Jocelyn Samuels, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The right to the franchise is one of the most fundamental promises of American democracy.”
President Obama heartily supports the Justice Department's efforts, saying that his administration "will use tools available through the Voting Rights Act to keep jurisdictions from enacting laws that have the effect of preventing people from voting," as reported by the AP via the Huffington Post.
After being placed on hold approximately seventeen times, the nice ObamaCare lady said that if one does not have identification, one needs to provide a Social Security card. Of course, in order to obtain such a card, the ObamaCare enrollee needs two forms of identification, as noted by the Social Security Administration.
President Obama made the (outrageous) statement that "Health Insurance is a right," during a weekly address last month. If voting is a right and health insurance is a right, why is it discriminatory to ask for identification to vote, but not to enroll in health insurance?
"Health insurance isn’t a privilege—it is your right. And we’re going to keep it that way." —President Obama: http://t.co/NTsJspNw2c
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 17, 2013
President Obama should be notified immediately that ObamaCare is discriminatory toward those who cannot obtain a Social Security card. Fairness would dictate that all people should be able to enroll in ObamaCare. After all, health insurance is not a privilege, it's a "right," right?