"User fees will be determined based on the budgetary requirements of operating and maintaining the exchange," the lawmakers wrote to Treasury Secretary Jack LewJack LewOne year later, the Iran nuclear deal is a success by any measure Chinese President Xi says a trade war hurts the US and China Overnight Finance: Price puts stock trading law in spotlight | Lingering questions on Trump biz plan | Sanders, Education pick tangle over college costs MORE and Health Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusSebelius on GOP healthcare plan: 'I'm not sure what the goal is here' Obama's health secretary to be first female president of American University Leaked email: Podesta pushed Tom Steyer for Obama’s Cabinet MORE.
"The federal debt is nearly $17 trillion and the cost of the [exchange tax credits] has increased over 107 percent … To better understand whether the administration is implementing the law with federal spending in mind, please provide a detailed response to [our] questions."
The Affordable Care Act requires state insurance marketplaces, scheduled to launch on Oct. 1, to be financially self-sustaining starting in 2015.
The administration says the exchanges will open for enrollment on time. The related user fees are designed to accompany an expected flood of new policyholders for insurance companies as the individual mandate takes effect.
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