I have received unconfirmed reports this weekend that HUD has requested certain large mortgage loan servicers to send marketing materials to HUD borrowers reminding them to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, aka "ObamaCare." As one unidentified commenter put it, considering the Claymation Death Match struggles between those large servicers and the federal government on a number of fronts, asking them to carry the Feds water on such a cluster-FUBAR is either a "ballsy move" or a demonstration of fatal hubris. I vote for the latter.
If this report is correct, it's the kind of strong-arm tactic typical of a crowd suckled on the mother's milk of South Side Chicago bare-knuckled local politics. After all, the large servicers have what the federal government can only dream about: an efficient information distribution system.They're also susceptible to arm-twisting, as evidenced by the billions recently coughed up for robo-signing, enforcing their investors' legal rights under loan documents by foreclosing when borrowers failed to make payments, and otherwise performing the job they are contractually obligated to do. You can understand why the ACA Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, led by Queen Kathleen and the Web Masters of Oz, would want to enlist the services of for-profit entities who, when their customers visit their web sites, are presented with a message other than The Blue Screen of Death.
The fact that mortgage loan servicers soliciting their borrowers to sign up for health insurance in order to save the ACA's (and the Democrats') bacon inspires "WTF!!??" reactions on so many levels should not impede the continued pursuit of this scheme, if it in fact exists. After all, the "Perpetual Speechifier" is a lame duck, so his attitude, and those of the minions at his beck and call, has to be "What are you gonna do about it, huh? Not vote for me the next time I don't run?"
I wonder if and when the main stream media will pick up on this thread to see if there is any meat on the bones?