Lawmaker pushes bill to stop O-Care subsidies

Rep. Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackEx-EPA heads urge Pruitt to scrap changes to truck pollution rule Protecting nurses’ conscience: a non-negotiable in the final FY 2018 spending bill Womack wins initial support to become Budget chairman MORE (R-Tenn.) has reintroduced a bill that would halt all subsidies to ObamaCare recipients until a system is put in place to verify income eligibility in all insurance applications.

A report Wednesday found a million people who signed up for ObamaCare are at risk of having to pay back parts of their subsidies because the information they provided in their applications doesn't match data from federal records.

“These improper payments are the predictable result of President Obama’s reckless decision to move forward with a program that was never ready,” said Black. “We knew that paying out subsidies without first confirming that someone was eligible would become a nightmare for American taxpayers, and these reports confirm our concerns.”

Black initially proposed the bill last summer after raising concerns with the ObamaCare verification process.

Last month Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, including Black, wrote to Treasury Secretary Jack LewJacob (Jack) Joseph LewBig tech lobbying groups push Treasury to speak out on EU tax proposal Overnight Finance: Hatch announces retirement from Senate | What you can expect from new tax code | Five ways finance laws could change in 2018 | Peter Thiel bets big on bitcoin Ex-Obama Treasury secretary: Tax cuts 'leaving us broke' MORE asking the department to stop all payments until it could verify all the applications were accurate.

However, Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich), accused Republicans of playing politics because part of the verification process allows applicants 90 days to resolve any issues and stopping subsidies could deprive people access to health insurance.

Black warns that not only will taxpayers be on the hook to pay for wrongful subsidies but many people could end up being hounded by tax collectors years down the road for making simple mistakes on their applications.

The House Ways and Means subcommittee on Health and Oversight has scheduled a hearing on June 10 to talk about the issue of income verification under ObamaCare.

On the Senate side, Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanMisinformation campaign is at the center of opposition to common sense sex trafficking legislation This week: Congress races to prevent third shutdown With bills on the table, Congress must heed the call to fix our national parks MORE (R-Ohio) has sent a letter to the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to investigate reports that people may be receiving subsidies they are not eligible for.