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GOP Furious That 1993 Voter Registration Act Guarantees Right To Register When Applying For Health Insurance

One of the main reasons Republicans oppose Obamacare has largely flown under the public’s radar — until now. Here’s the key to understanding the GOP’s typically mean-spirited position: applications for insurance under the Affordable Care Act will also allow people to register to vote. Aha! The picture jumps into focus. Those in our population who are most anxious to sign up for healthcare coverage are the same people who the GOP has worked diligently, in state after state, to disenfranchise. The Affordable Care Act could lay waste to all that conservative effort.

Voters’ Rights groups have been keenly aware of this emerging issue, which is likely to be fought out in court. It became obvious to careful watchers in March, when a draft of the insurance application became public, that it would include the opportunity to register to vote. It was also obvious to those defending the right to vote that this provision is mandated by federal law — specifically by the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. That law, more popularly known as the “Motor Voter Act”, specified that states had to offer voter registration in government offices. That’s why most states currently offer the option to register to everyone who gets a driver’s license.
At what point was President Obama aware of this relationship between applications for health insurance and voter registration? Is it possible that, way back in 2008, he foresaw that the GOP would aggressively attempt to disenfranchise Democratic voters as a response to his election?  Is it possible he recognized the synchronicity arising from heath insurance reform and protecting voting rights? I don't know, but if so....very interesting.

I wonder who first raised the issue that the health insurance applications should include a voter registration provision?  Find that string and pull it and you will have an amazing story of smarts and democracy in action.  

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    My heroes have the heart to live the life I want to live.

    by JLFinch on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 11:19:03 AM PDT

  •  If true, wonder why the GOP is not having (2+ / 0-)
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    mdmslle, maybeeso in michigan

    a stroke over this??!!

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 11:39:52 AM PDT

  •  Breaking WH Cutting Back Registration Efforts: (2+ / 0-)
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    mdmslle, CoyoteMarti

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 11:53:35 AM PDT

  •  Not what you think this is. (0+ / 0-)

    The application (on line or paper) for health insurance is not connected to voter registration. The law just says  public offices have to make voter registration available to anyone using that office for any service available there.

    That law, more popularly known as the “Motor Voter Act”, specified that states had to offer voter registration in government offices. That’s why most states currently offer the option to register to everyone who gets a driver’s license.
    The Repubs are just apoplectic that so many poor brown people may run into another chance to register while thay are applying for insurance coverage.

    “It has to have fire, or I won’t do it” – Angeles Arrien from Get Real! Wise Women Speak

    by CoyoteMarti on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 12:15:25 PM PDT

    •  Self-edit to my above comment. (1+ / 0-)
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      1BQ

      I was in error, there is (was?) apparently a mention of "do you want to register?" on the proposed app, just not a direct way to actually do so. See Gooserock's  MSNBC link above.

      “It has to have fire, or I won’t do it” – Angeles Arrien from Get Real! Wise Women Speak

      by CoyoteMarti on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 12:25:11 PM PDT

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  •  Yes, and in fact when I got the address on both (0+ / 0-)

    my driver's license and state ID changed (in Illinois you can have both) and changed my voter registration at the same time I still had to sign a form stating I had declined the offer to register to vote.  Most likely because I registered to vote while getting the driver's license changed but the state ID was considered a separate thing even though they were both done at the same time (and I think they even used the same picture for both).

    You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 01:14:49 PM PDT

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