Obamacare has been a massive flop for the American people since it was first put into place, but a success as the first step in the Left’s overall plan to move toward single-payer healthcare.
The Obama administration’s main focus was to promote the Affordable Care Act to young adults. Now, it has been reported that they illegally used people’s tax returns to market it, recently a group has started digging to reveal the proof that this occurred.
Cause of Action Institute (CoA) filed a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request on Monday in an attempt to see if the Obama administration was marketing ObamaCare to young adults by using their IRS tax returns.
CoA filed the request with Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is a key government agency charged with carrying out provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
On top of that, the CoA has requested an investigation with the office of inspectors general from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice.
The FOA request states: “We request that the Inspector General initiate an investigation into Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and Internal Revenue Service’s (“IRS”) roles in using taxpayer information to market Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) health insurance plans to individuals who have opted out of the program,”
There seems to be no question that, if the Obama administration did this, it would be highly illegal — as stated in the CoA’s FOIA request:
Federal laws protect the confidentiality of tax returns and tax information. According to 26 § U.S.C. 6103, it is unlawful for an employee of the United States or a State to ‘disclose any return or return information obtained by him in any manner in connection with his service… ‘ The law allows for tax information to be used for the limited purpose of determining ACA subsidy eligibility. It does not, however, permit CMS to market ACA subsidies to taxpayers who have already rejected ObamaCare.
The FOIA request concluded: “The American taxpayers have a right to know who has access to their tax information and whether the federal government is breaking the law by using that information to market ObamaCare.”
There’s a pretty major hitch in the ACA (among the myriad other problems): adults under the age of 26 can stay on their parents’ health insurance thanks to the “Young Adult Coverage” provision. The problem is that in order for the system to even come close to working, it needs young/healthy people to pay into it to subsidize those that are not and those that don’t pay much or anything at all.
As The Daily Caller pointed out, around 3 million young adults have opted to stay on their parents’ insurance which represents a number double the amount of 18-25-year-olds that have signed up for Obamacare.
Obamacare is an utter disaster and it needs to be done away with. Sadly, if Hillary Clinton is elected, we’re doomed to single-payer healthcare — and if you thought Obamacare was bad… single payer healthcare will make Obamacare look like a little piece of heaven!
The good news? Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, which is something that absolutely MUST happen. Something has got to be done about our healthcare system, mainly the enormous costs that should not be near as high as they are. The Left’s ideas are nothing but disastrous.
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