Obamacare could register millions of people to vote, which terrifies conservatives.
The most consequential parts of Obamacare receive relatively little attention (how much have you heard about insurance companies having to spend 80% of revenue on providing care lately?), and one provision has gotten little notice in the mainstream press, but has right-wing blogs and pundits going berserk: when you sign up for health insurance under Obamacare, you are offered the chance to register to vote.
Millions could register to vote via Obamacare? Scandal! Why is that a scandal? Just ask Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote, who spoke to right-wing fire-breather Breitbart.com:
“The administration put their time and energy and effort into developing pipes into 50 states so that they could funnel through Medicaid enrollees and voter registrations. That’s what this is about. That’s the game. As part of that strategy, we'll have millions of new voters by virtue of the new Medicaid patients that are flooding in.”
Engelbart’s organization, True the Vote, is dedicated to questioning the legitimacy of people trying to vote.
Rush Limbaugh is also in on the Obamacare scheme:
“What do you think is really going on? Voter registration. In addition to you going to get your healthcare, there is obviously massive Democrat voter registration going on at these exchanges….What if the end result here, in addition to everything else, is 68 million new registered Democrat voters?”
Fox News, which seems downright reserved compared to Limbaugh et. al., wonders why the Obama Administration would try to enforce the entire law, what with all the Obamacare website issues:
“The federal website that enrolls Americans in ObamaCare also asks applicants if they want to register to vote, raising questions about why the Obama administration would further complicate an already crash-prone website.”
Isn’t voter registration a good thing? For democracy, yes it is. It also happens to favor the Democratic party, because poor people and minorities are less likely to be registered and more likely to favor the Democrats. It’s an open secret that the Republican Party has a smaller base of support, but that base comes out to vote more reliably. There is no conceptual reason why it is bad to register an eligible voter to vote, it just hurts the Republican Party.
That’s why they are all going nuts and spouting out conspiracy theories about how a major healthcare overhaul is actually just a voter registration scheme. Yes, the Democrats know this benefits them, but that’s because more people like the Democrats. Maybe the Republican should stop worrying about people voting and start worrying about getting those people to vote for them.