Obamacare Application Asks About Voter Registration

Monday, 25 Mar 2013 06:23 PM

By Kenneth Hanner

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Federal regulators are preparing a questionnaire for Obamacare applicants which includes asking those seeking federal healthcare if they want to register to vote.

The draft questionnaire drawn up by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services prompted a GOP congressman to raise the specter of Democrats turning the sign-up for Obamacare into a voter registration drive, the Washington Examiner reported.

Rep. Charles Boustany, Jr. of Louisiana questioned whether groups used as “navigators” to sign up Obamacare applicants might include those friendly to Democrats, like AARP and Families USA.

The 61-page questionnaire seeks information about an applicant’s identity and whether they qualify for Obamacare. On page 59, is the question: “Would you like to register to vote?”

“The draft documents wander into areas outside the department’s purview and links applications for health insurance subsidies to voter registration,” Boustany wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The position of the question could lead some to think voter registration is somehow tied to subsidy eligibility.”

Boustany, chairman of the House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee, said that the agency was overstepping its bounds by asking the question about voting.

“While the health care law requires that government agencies collect vast information about Americans’ personal lives, it does not give your department an interest in whether individual Americans choose to vote,” Boustany wrote.


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