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Obamacare bites AmeriCorps

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Over at, I have a piece on what may be the funniest of all the grim unintended consequences of Obamacare. It involves the endlessly controversial federal program known as “AmericaCorps,” which pays “volunteers” who work for nonprofits.

The program’s pseudo-volunteers now face penalties under Obamacare, because the health plans the Obama Administration provides for AmeriCorps members don’t meet the Administration’s requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

On the up side, this embarrassment has been educational for AmeriCorps youth, because it has helped them better understand the nature of government. Take AmeriCorps member Abby Grosslein, who is pictured in a New York Times article on this problem posing under her FORWARD! poster:

“It would be nice if the government waived the penalty because we are a federally funded program,” said Ms. Grosslein, 24, who is completing her third year of service with AmeriCorps. “It’s as if the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing.”

(Abby Grosslein, photographed by Cheryl Gerber for the New York Times)

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Scott Walter

Walter served in the George W. Bush administration as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and was vice president for publications and research at the Philanthropy Roundtable. There…