Morning Action: The Effort to Stop Obamacare Remains Strong
STOPPING OBAMACARE. Conservatives across the country are working to increase defiance to Obamacare:
“We’re losing the country,” a Maryland man said at a town hall meeting. “I want to see more defiance!”
He wasn’t talking to local tea partiers; he was talking to his Republican Member of Congress.
It is time to take a stand against Obamacare. Heritage President Jim DeMint and Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham are echoing this grassroots call for defiance.
PRIVACY CONCERNS. Many people are also warning that Obamacare’s “data hub” is a threat to Americans’ privacy:
My co-blogger Avik Roy has written an excellent explanation of the privacy and security problems with the ACA “data hub,” along with a summary of the specific laws and regulations that the administration is likely to have to circumvent or ignore to get the exchanges up and running on schedule by October 1.Emily Egan has produced a graphof six key milestone deadlines have either already been missed or pushed back. The final certification is now scheduled for Monday, September 30 – the day before the exchanges are supposed to open for business on October 1.
All I have to add to that excellent discussion is what might be called a “game theory” analysis of why the administration is likely to, as Chris Holt puts it, “push forward with an on time opening even without a properly secured Hub – putting at risk the personal information of millions of Americans.”
The only question left is how the administration would go ahead with opening the system without a proper security certification. The answer is, they will just do it. Either the President will issue a “waiver” of the security requirement, as he has done with so many other requirements of the law, or the person with the authority to determine whether the system meets the requirements will be pressured to certify it regardless.
Heritage has also warned that both Obamacare “Navigators” and Obamacare’s “data hub” are threats to our privacy and could lead to scam artists obtaining our Social Security numbers, bank accounts, and other personal information.
BUDGET. Though Congress is away for August recess, various issues are still being discussed, and among those issues is the budget:
a budget showdown is waiting just a few weeks after the House of Representatives returns to Washington in September, with a shutdown looming on October 1 if the two sides can’t reach a compromise on spending.
And once the government funding issue is resolved, the debt ceiling will become the live issue. The limit, which the Treasury is already up against, is supposed to become binding in mid-October to mid-November. Both President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have vowed not to negotiate over giving the Treasury the ability to issue debt to pay the government’s bills. House Speaker John Boehner, however, has indicating [sic] that Republicans will again seek spending cuts equivalent to the size of the requested debt limit increase.
A government shutdown or any drama over a government default is the biggest foreseeable threat to the slow and weak U.S. economic recovery. Officials’ behind-the-scenes planning to avoid such a scenario is the story of the week.
FEC. Lois Lerner, the head of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) tax-exempt organizations office that is being investigated for targeting conservative organizations, may have illegally disclosed information to the Federal Election Commission (FEC):
The “phony scandal” at the IRS keeps growing.
E-mail correspondence unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee reveals that Lois Lerner, the figure at the center of the scandal, may have committed a felony by divulging information about a conservative group to the Federal Election Commission, in an incident that dates back at least to 2008, before President Obama took office. Though some conservatives have eagerly sought evidence that Obama’s White House instigated the IRS’s targeting of tea-party groups, the latest evidence suggests that an anti-conservative bias may instead be an endemic feature of the federal bureaucracy. And now, an FEC official is raising the specter of systemic bias at that agency, too, calling the techniques its lawyers employ a “much more sophisticated way” of discriminating against conservative groups than those used by the IRS.