Today, Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) voted to protect taxpayers from fraud under Obamacare. In July the Administration announced that, for the first year, it would not verify the eligibility of applicants for taxpayer-funded Obamacare subsidies before issuing them because a system to do so was not yet in place.
H.R. 2775, the No Subsidies Without Verification Act, of which Congressman Tipton is a co-sponsor, passed the House today and would require a verification system to be in place before subsidies under Obamacare are issued.
"With the recent announcement that the Administration would waive the eligibility verification for premiums under Obamacare, the President has signaled he is willing to get as many people receiving the premiums as soon as possible with no system in place to check eligibility, and little to no recoupment mechanism should the premiums wind up in the hands of those who are non-eligible. This is the very definition of "putting the cart before the horse' and creates a scenario that is ripe for rampant fraud and abuse at the expense of American taxpayers," said Tipton. "Today, we passed legislation to protect hardworking Americans from fraud by requiring that a program to verify household income and other qualifications for such subsidies is operational before the Administration issues subsidies under Obamacare."
The House of Representatives has voted more than 40 times to fully repeal, defund and replace Obamacare and/or its programs. Eight of these efforts have been signed into law repealing or rescinding funding from Obamacare provisions including the onerous 1099 tax requirement on small businesses.