GOP calls for suspension of O-Care subsidies

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 BoustanyLobbying World Former GOP rep joins K Street lobbying firm Capitol Counsel Yoga lobby fighting certification for teachers 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.

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“Although these subsidies are going directly to insurers, next year the IRS will be in the position of recouping overpayments directly from individuals,” he said. “Many of these individuals will end up with unexpected tax debt through no fault of their own but from simply not understanding the quirks and complexities of the President’s health care law.”

“Blame for this mess falls squarely on the White House,” said Rep. Kevin BradyKevin BradyObamaCare repeal faces last obstacle before House vote Mellman: Red in the face? Overnight Finance: White House backs off stock market boasts as Dow, Nasdaq drop | Trump budget shifts costs to rural voters who elected him | Fight over CEO pay rule heats up 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 BlackObamaCare repeal faces last obstacle before House vote Medicaid block grants give states more freedom Dems wonder: Can GOP even pass a budget? 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 McDermottLobbying World Dem lawmaker: Israel's accusations start of 'war on the American government' Dem to Trump on House floor: ‘Stop tweeting’ 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.