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Monday, March 25, 2013

Lawmaker Says Obamacare Application Oversteps It's Bounds By Offering Voter Registration

By Susan Duclos

On page 59 of the 61-page Obamacare draft application, it asks applicants is they want to register to vote and Republican Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., chair of the House Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee, has sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebeliu, saying HHS is overstepping its bounds.

His exact quote in the letter is that "the draft documents wander into areas outside the Department's purview."

Via Washington Examiner:

"The draft documents wander into areas outside the department's purview and links applications for health insurance subsidies to voter registration," he wrote in the letter provided to Secrets. "The position of the question could lead some to think voter registration is somehow tied to subsidy eligibility," he added.

Boustany, a Louisiana Republican, said the application raises two alarming issues: What does HHS plan to do with all the information it collects on each applicant and will pro-Obama groups like AARP and Families USA that might be tapped as "navigators" to sign people up to Obamacare, steer them to register as Democrats. Others have indicated that groups like Planned Parenthood and ACORN could also act as a navigator.

In his letter, Boustany demands from HHS guidance for the navigator program, especially whether they will be encouraged to ask applicants about their voting status. He set an April 8 deadline for HHS' response.

He added that the Affordable Care Act does not let HHS probe into an applicant's choice to vote. What's more, he said the Paperwork Reduction Act requires that federal agencies seek only information needed to do their job.

"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," wrote Boustany.

Boustany's letter embedded below: