Obamacare as Election Turnout Machine
A settlement between California and left-wing groups begins to reveal the political architecture of Obamacare. From the ACLU press release:
In a victory for voting rights, the state of California has agreed to mail voter registration cards to nearly 4 million Californians who have signed up for health insurance through the state health exchange, Covered California, and to ensure that Californians who apply for health benefits through the exchange going forward are provided voter registration opportunities. The action is the result of a settlement agreement reached with the ACLU of California, the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, Demos, and Project Vote, which threatened legal action over the state's failure to comply with the National Voter Registration Act and state laws.
"Nearly four million Californians have applied for health insurance for themselves and their families and we applaud that incredible achievement. With this settlement agreement, Covered California will now offer these Californians the chance to register to vote or update their registration. California is on its way to healthier communities and a healthier democracy. It is exactly the result Congress intended when it passed the National Voter Registration Act more than 20 years ago," said Lori Shellenberger, director of the ACLU of California’s Voting Rights Project.
Here's the simple version: Obamacare requires millions of people to interact with the government who never would have done so before. At the point of interaction, NVRA requires them to be pushed to register to vote. Presto. Millions of people are now touched by a political touch when they just wanted to see a doctor. The politicization of health care has a GOTV component for the Democrat party.
Whether the Republicans fully understand this architecture remains to be seen.