Obamacare requires acceptance of voice-only applications

Consider for a moment the concept of allowing people to sign up for credit cards and cell phone plans and just about any other service without once signing a form or providing any form of ID beyond their words over a phone call. Any person anywhere could call up a bank and give out an address and name and sign that person up for the service in question without any authentication that they’re authorized to make that decision on the person’s behalf. Even worse, they would be able to alter or cancel an existing account on nothing more than their say-so. I think we can all see that allowing that would be a very bad idea.

And yet, that’s precisely what Obamacare now requires of the states as of the 1st of January.

As of January 1, 2014, this easing of requirements now includes the mandate that states accept applications completed entirely via telephone. Rather than require such applications be later accompanied by the electronic or mailed transmission of a signed document, HHS instead requires states to accept a spoken assent on a telephone call as the equivalent of an actual signature.

Says J. Christian Adams, PJ Media legal editor and former DOJ attorney:

“Perjury prosecutions are impaired by telephone signups. Signing on a dotted line has been the core means of assent for hundreds of years, and even computerized signatures have a means of verifying that the person signing is real.

This is the administration inviting fraud.”

The relevant part of the law wasn’t in the bill as passed on that late Saturday night years ago by Democrats. It was added in 2012 and was effective January 1, 2014.

The entire approach to Obamacare, from the disastrously bad Healthcare.gov website to the utter lack of working integration with the insurance companies who are supposed to be making this all work to the simply incompetent and negligent listed here, is one security nightmare after another. Four years and literally hundreds of millions of dollars later and this thing just gets worse every time you turn around.

There comes a time when you have to admit that the approach you’re trying is so laden with errors and problems that the better, more prudent, move is to stop throwing good money after bad and wasting hours in the pursuit of the approach rather than the goal. Obamacare needs to be repealed and a serious, actually workable alternative reform for our health care system needs to be implemented.

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