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Public Statements

Modifying Income Calculation for Health Care Programs

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. HERGER. I applaud my good friend from Tennessee for her leadership. This should not be a difficult question. Even the President supports this.

I believe the Medicaid expansion and premium subsidies in last year's health care overall are wasteful and should be repealed, but even for those who support these policies, there's no reason to ignore an entire category of income. Under current law, a person with $30,000 in Social Security benefits and $20,000 in other income would get a much larger health insurance subsidy than a person who earns $50,000 in wages.

That makes no sense, and it's a disincentive to work. Let's treat everyone fairly and vote for this bill.


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