The House Votes Again to Repeal an Affordable Care Act Provision

On September 12, 2013, the House of Representatives voted to pass legislation prohibiting the Obama administration from providing subsidies to low and moderate income people enrolled in the health insurance marketplace until the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General reviews efforts to ensure the accuracy of the income verification process. Opponents of the law supported this bill because of concerns that not enough has been done to ensure that people accurately report their income in order to qualify for subsidies. The bill, like other efforts to partially or fully repeal the law, is unlikely to move in the Senate. The Administration has threatened to veto the bill, calling it unnecessary as HHS has a verification process in place. The subsidies are critical to helping ensure that health care is affordable for low and moderate income people. Enrollment in the health insurance marketplaces begins October 1, 2013.
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