Buggy, crash-prone Obamacare site also includes option to register to vote, further gumming up works

Buggy, crash-prone Obamacare site also includes option to register to vote, further gumming up works

Vote registration question on Healthcare.gov siteAnd if you ask nicely, rumor has it it will do your laundry as well, though don’t expect it to separate whites. Fox News writes:

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.

The article goes on to note that at least five of the states using the site to enroll customers in government-mandated health insurance — California, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, and Wisconsin — also ask whether users want to register to vote.

Nick Novak, a spokesman for the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, which noticed the voter-registration question on the Wisconsin site, told Fox on Monday that the launch has already been disastrous enough without adding unnecessary bells and whistles. “Why are they cluttering up the site?” he asks. Novak has himself tried numerous times in the past week to click through the site, without success.

But government officials defend the voter registration question on the exchanges, claiming they are complying with federal law. Brian Cook, a spokesman for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the exchanges are required to include the question under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. The law mandates that states to offer voter registration at “government offices” that provide public assistance. Whether a government website can be considered an “office” seems open to debate.

Brett Healy, president of MacIver, believes the Democrats are courting disaster by leaving the question up, adding:

The president should be careful what he wishes for. While he counted on young people to win the presidency, many are now experiencing Obamacare sticker shock.

LU Staff

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