Make the National Health Card a National Voter ID Card as Well

Monday, 19 Aug 2013 08:17 AM

By Denis Kleinfeld

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Last election cycle, the Democrats made a major political issue over voter suppression.
They objected to voters actually proving their identification as part of their eligibility to vote.

As a result, the election — whether federal, state or local — consisted of a significant amount of voter fraud and vote manipulation.

There were even some dead people who voted twice.

While objecting to voters identifying themselves, the Democrats wholeheartedly continued their support of Obamacare.

The Republicans, who are not as good anymore in voting-fraud schemes as the Democrats are, were caught flat-footed and unable to articulate a response very effectively. As usual, they hammered home their favorite anti-issues of abortion, gay marriage and amnesty for illegals.

They forgot about their need for an effective "turn out the vote" ground game and to stop the opposition from stealing votes.

What the Republicans fail to connect is that Obamacare offers them an ideal path to deal with voting fraud in elections.

The fact is Obamacare cannot come into existence without there being a national identification method to keep track of 300 million U.S. legal and illegal persons who are already part of the healthcare system.

People already either have private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or the emergency room.
With Obamacare, all 300 million persons will have to have their healthcare records on the national database computer system.

The same number will be issued at birth and continue until terminated by death.

The Obamacare system is to encompass 50 state exchanges, overseen at least by three federal departments or agencies, including the IRS.

Doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and hundreds of thousands of other service providers, as well as medical device manufacturers and thousands of local, county, state and federal commissions and agencies, all need access to the system.

New rules under Obamacare require that before medical services can be provided, the patient must provide his or her unique health plan identifier.

SmartCare, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, is an already existing national electronic patient and medical records card used in Africa. It is based on everyone having a unique computer number.

It is true that Congress has expressed its displeasure at having an official national identification card. Actually, Congress was in favor of the idea in 1996, but after some major outrage by the public, they then prohibited (but didn't repeal) the idea in 1998.

With the shift of the purpose of a national health system from one of paying for disease treatment to one of promoting health and wellness, records will follow the consumer.

They will be needed to be available no matter where the medical consumer will be at any point in time or place.

There are some who argue that this is an invasion of privacy and a violation of the Fourth Amendment. With the disclosures of the National Security Agency on spying, well-supported and funded by both Democrats and Republicans, the Fourth Amendment argument is a dead issue legally, but will likely remain a hot topic for conspiracy bloggers.

What Obamacare does is create a defacto national identity card. It will be a machine-readable plastic card that everyone, young and old, must have or will be denied medical care.

This then is the ideal method of having a verified voter registration card as well.

It is a computer-readable card that will contain the unique numerical identifier for everyone wanting to vote. Any issues of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual preference, voter suppression and all the rest are absolutely irrelevant.

There are no needs for last day voter registration, motor-voter laws or any other of the possibilities of voter fraud that has been a standard part of every election.

Every state will have an insurance exchange and medical registration requirement. The federal government may well not be allowed to have a national voter identification number, but that certainly does not apply to the states.

Every state decides what it takes, subject to the limitations of U.S. Constitution, for a voter to register for elections.

Using a state medical identification number on a verified computer-readable card, all made necessary and coordinated as part of the Obamacare state exchanges, is an ideal way to control or even eliminate voter fraud in elections.

No doubt the juxtaposition of Obamacare and voter identification will cause more than a few politicians to consider or rethink their view of Obamacare for entirely opposite reasons.

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