By Ferdous Al-Faruque - 06/10/14 01:27 PM EDT
House Republicans say the administration should stop all subsidies under ObamaCare until it proves it is sending the right amount to people.
Rep. Charles BoustanyCharles Boustany House Republican pushes bill to 'curb regulatory overreach' Overnight Finance: GOP chairman moves to censure IRS chief | Puerto Rico deal close? | Fed eyes June rate hike | Obama's secret meeting with China's richest man Dozens of House members promote tax bills at hearing MORE (R- La.) warned of a “nightmare scenario” during the 2015 tax-filing season because of differences between the subsidies people are given and those they are actually eligible to receive.
“Blame for this mess falls squarely on the White House,” said Rep. Kevin BradyKevin BradyGOP: Administration ignoring ObamaCare subpoenas IRS doubted legality of ObamaCare payments, former official says Report: Pacific trade pact would boost growth, jobs and incomes MORE (R-Texas), who faulted the Obama administration’s eagerness to push through healthcare reforms regardless of the cost and also called for the payments to be halted.
GOP oversight on the issue follows a report that found millions of people could have to pay back a portion of their ObamaCare health insurance subsidies because they weren’t actually eligible to achieve what they received.
Immediately following reports of discrepancies, Rep. Diane BlackDiane BlackFight brews over forcing library to use ‘illegal alien’ Watchdog: Group broke federal law escorting women to abortion clinics Backlash to Tubman decision limited, isolated MORE (R-Tenn.) reintroduced a bill that would halt all subsidies to ObamaCare recipients until the system is fixed.
Democrats accused Republicans of seeking to undermine the healthcare law now that people are starting to receive benefits.
“Our Republican colleagues have called us again this morning to once again to try tear down the Affordable Care Act,” said Rep. Jim McDermottJim McDermottLawmakers urge Obama not to send shoulder-fired missiles to Syria GOP group promises ObamaCare replacement plan — soon Sanders fundraising for 3 House candidates MORE (D-Wash.). “It really is a disappointing thing on the part of my Republican colleagues because the Affordable Care Act is working.”
He said Republicans were making a bigger deal over the issue than necessary since only a small fraction of people eligible for subsidies might have to pay some amount back to the government.
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said halting all subsidy payments until application data has been verified would hurt the overwhelming majority of insurance holders.