White House: we can’t enforce Obamacare’s income eligibility requirements and never mind that the IRS is in charge

The rolling train wreck you may know as Obamacare suffered two spasmodic shocks this week as Yuval Levin explains.

When the Obama administration announced last Tuesday that they would be delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate and its associated reporting requirements by a year, many observers… noted that this could create problems for verifying eligibility for subsidies in the Obamacare exchanges.

[...California and many other] states clearly shared this worry about how they were supposed to confirm eligibility for subsidies. But on Friday, the Obama administration answered their question with what is becoming the familiar refrain of Obamacare implementation: “never mind.” Buried in a massive 600-page rule released without fanfare the day after July 4, the administration announced that it would effectively delay the requirement to verify eligibility in the state exchanges…

The delay of the individual mandate announced on Tuesday and the delay of the verification requirements for eligibility announced on Friday both suggest the same two kinds of problems: logistical difficulties with getting complex systems into place, and the fear of ending up with too few people in the exchanges.

…If not enough people sign up for the exchanges, the system could end up with an insufficient and unsustainable insurance pool—too few healthy people to balance the sick ones and fund the cost of their care… This concern is very high on the agenda of those implementing the law. It is why they are investing in a huge PR effort to drive enrollment. It is surely part of the reason for delaying the employer mandate—allowing some large employers to dump their workers into the exchanges without a penalty. And it seems very likely also to be a key factor behind the decision to allow people access to the exchange subsidies without proving they actually qualify for them.

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…

So in short, ObamaCare is impossible to implement, its costs are spiraling out of control and now it turns out there will be no effort whatsoever to fight fraud. And the income eligibility requirements of Obamacare will be too difficult to verify, even though the IRS is supposed to be the law’s enforcement arm.

But what I don’t understand is how these problems didn’t come to light during the months of hearings held on this legislation.

Isn’t that the purpose of legislative hearings? To bring in experts who are familiar with the subject and will help explore all of the potential pitfalls of the proposed legislation? To debate the strengths and weaknesses of a proposed law so that the American people and their representatives could render an informed judgment before voting?

Oh, that’s right. Forgot. The hearings never happened, because it was vitally important to pass the Obamacare monstrosity quickly before more people died or something. You see, we needed to pass the legislation in order to find out what was in it.

Hat tips: WarEagle1 and BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

IT’S COME TO THIS: Holder Justice Department Says It Will Help Enforce Islamic Sharia Law

You just knew this was coming, didn’t you?

DOJ: Social Media Posts Trashing Muslims May Violate Civil Rights

In its latest effort to protect followers of Islam in the U.S. the Obama Justice Department warns against using social media to spread information considered inflammatory against Muslims, threatening that it could constitute a violation of civil rights.

[Ed.: Apparently the DOJ needs to read the Bill of Rights again and, in particular, the First Amendment.]

The move comes a few years after the administration became the first in history to dispatch a U.S. Attorney General to personally reassure Muslims that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is dedicated to protecting them. In the unprecedented event, Attorney General Eric Holder assured a San Francisco-based organization (Muslim Advocates) that urges members not to cooperate in federal terrorism investigations that the “us versus them” environment created by the U.S. government, law enforcement agents and fellow citizens is unacceptable and inconsistent with what America is all about.

…Evidently that was a precursor of sorts for an upcoming Tennessee event (“Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society”) that will feature the region’s top DOJ official [Bill Killian], who serves as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and an FBI representative. The goal is to increase awareness and understanding that American Muslims are not the terrorists some have made them out to be in social media and other circles, according to a local newspaper report. The June 4 powwow is sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee.

The area’s top federal prosecutor, Bill Killian, will address a topic that most Americans are likely unfamiliar with, even those well versed on the Constitution; that federal civil rights laws can actually be violated by those who post inflammatory documents aimed at Muslims on social media. “This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion,” Killian says in the local news story. “This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.”

…Over the years the Obama administration has embarked on a fervent crusade to befriend Muslims by creating a variety of outreach programs at a number of key federal agencies. For instance the nation’s Homeland Security covertly met with a group of extremist Arab, Muslim and Sikh organizations to discuss national security matters and the State Department sent a controversial, anti-America Imam (Feisal Abdul Rauf) to the Middle East to foster greater understanding and outreach among Muslim majority communities.

The Obama Administration has also hired a special Homeland Security adviser (Mohamed Elibiary) who openly supports a radical Islamist theologian and renowned jihadist ideologue and a special Islam envoy that condemns U.S. prosecutions of terrorists as “politically motivated persecutions” and has close ties to radical extremist groups.

The president has even ordered the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to shift its mission from space exploration to Muslim diplomacy and the government started a special service that delivers halal meals, prepared according to Islamic law, to home-bound seniors in Detroit. [And who] could forget Hillary Clinton’s special order allowing the reentry of two radical Islamic academics whose terrorist ties have long banned them from the U.S.?

In other words, criticizing Islamofascism — the political strain of Islam — could very well be criminalized by the Obama-Holder administration. The Islamist term for this crime is “Blasphemy”, which may include one or more of the following crimes:

- speaking ill of Allah
- finding fault with Muhammad
- speculating about how Muhammad would behave if he were alive
- drawing a picture to represent Muhammad
- whistling during prayers
- flouting the rules prescribed for Ramadan
- reciting Muslim prayers in a language other than Arabic
- consuming alcohol
- gambling
- being alone with persons of the opposite sex who are not blood relatives
- finding amusement in Islamic customs
- publishing an unofficial translation of the Qur’an
- practicing yoga
- watching a film or listening to music
- wearing make-up on television
- insulting religious scholarship
- wearing the clothing of Jews or of Zoroastrians
- participating in non-Islamic religious festivals
- converting from Islam to Christianity

This crime is, in many cases, punishable by death. In other words, you are no longer living in America.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Is Obama Only Going to Enforce the Laws He Wants?

President Obama doesn’t plant to try to override state laws in Washington state and Colorado, where voters on Election Day legalized the use of marijuana.

The decision echoes a decision last spring to forgo deporting illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children.

In both cases, the rationale offered by the administration is that it must prioritize which laws to enforce given limited federal resources.

Obama offered up his verdict on state marijuana laws during an interview with Barbara Walters of ABC.

At this point, Washingon and Colorado, you’ve seen the voters speak on this issue. And as it is, the federal government has a lot to do when it comes to criminal prosecutions. It does not make sense from a prioritizaiton point of view, for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that, under state law, that’s legal . . . We’ve got bigger fish to fry.

Notice that all of a sudden Obama is a states rights fanatic!

Obama suggested he opposes legalizing marijuana, albeit tepidly, saying, “I wouldn’t go that far.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today said it’s Obama’s responsibility to enforce the law, except when it’s not.

It is certainly our responsibility and his responsibility and the executive branch’s responsibility to enforce the law.  It is also the responsibility of law enforcement agencies at the federal level to make — to have priorities in the enforcement of the law.  And that is certainly his position.

Here’s a portion of the interview with Walters.


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