American Philosopher George Santayana once wrote:
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Time has proven that the wisdom of Mr. Santayana’s words are true; those of us who fail to take heed of the lessons of history are unfortunately doomed to experience them in our lifetime.
Which is why it concerns me that amidst the recent Obama Administration scandals, in particular the incidents where the IRS is secretly targeting Tea Party groups for ‘special treatment’, that officials in the state of California are taking measures to ensure this type of discrimination will rear it’s ugly head in the Healthcare field.
According to an article on the Communist Party USA News, People’s World, the State of California has turned their state Obamacare Insurance Exchange into a Voter Registration Agency:
California’s Secretary of State Debra Bowen is designating the state’s new Health Benefit Exchange, Covered California, as a voter registration agency under the National Voter Registration Act. That means Covered California will be incorporating voter registration into every transaction – online, in-person and by phone – it has with consumers.
“The timing could not be more ideal,” said Lori Shellenberger, director of the Voting Rights Project of the ACLU of California. “Covered California is already leading the country in implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Secretary Bowen’s decision to include the state’s Health Benefit Exchange as a voter registration agency is one of the most significant voter registration policy decisions in the state’s history and will bring millions of Californians into the democratic process in our state. We are hopeful that many other states will follow her innovative lead.”
California is the first state to designate its Health Benefit Exchange as a voter registration agency under the NVRA. As many as six million people are eligible to apply for or renew their health coverage through Covered California.
So as the six million citizens of California register in the state’s Obamacare exchange, they will also have the opportunity to register to vote.
Sounds innocent enough right?
Well if recent history has taught us anything here in the state of Missouri , we have learned that registering anything with the state, even Conceal Carry permits, exposes citizens to the danger that their information may be illegally turned over to Federal Agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security.
If you combined that with the facts of the recent IRS scandal, and that the IRS will be running the majority of Obamacare, the danger of California’s move becomes obvious. By combining an individual’s Obamacare Health Insurance registration with their voter registration information, the possibility that a person may be denied care based upon their political party affiliation becomes almost an unavoidable inevitability.
As it pertains to political affiliation, the state of California requires an individual to register in one of seven categories:
- American Independent
- Peace and Freedom
- Non-Partisan Voter
The hope that one could avoid being discriminated against by not claiming a party is misplaced because history has taught us that tyrants like Hitler denied rights to, and even outright murdered, those Germans who failed to register as a Nazi. In an atmosphere such as that, unless you belong to the ‘right party’, no party affiliation is still considered the wrong choice.
So considering the Obama Administration’s recent behavior through the IRS, and if this concept of combining State Obamacare exchanges with a Voter Registration Agency spreads to other states in the union, is it really a stretch of the imagination to believe that in our lifetime we will see Healthcare being denied to individuals based upon their party affiliation or at best allow the IRS access to an individual’s Party affiliation thereby exposing them to undo scrutiny?
No I don’t think it is..
Because as a student of History, I don’t require someone to hit me over the head to make me see that this disturbing trend in California is just another stone being laid in the path which will lead to only one place……complete tyranny.