By Elise Viebeck - 05/14/14 11:13 AM EDT
States that experienced severe technical problems in running their ObamaCare exchanges would have to reimburse the federal government for the cost under a Republican bill introduced Wednesday.
"This bill rightly restores accountability by ensuring that the hundreds of millions of dollars wasted by these failed exchanges are returned," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.
Hatch and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) unveiled the measure with four additional co-sponsors.
"It is unfortunate that ObamaCare’s flawed policies continue to force American families to fund administrative ineptitude like this time and time again, and I am committed to seeing that this is stopped with this bill," Hatch said.
The effort is unlikely to see further action in the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats. But it will allow Republicans to call attention to money spent on failed enrollment systems in states like Oregon and Maryland.
The legislation would require states that join HealthCare.gov to agree to repay the Health Department for grant money used to establish their old exchanges. The repayments would have to be completed within 10 years.
States that do no comply with their agreements would see their federal healthcare reimbursements cut.