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Dingell Statement on House Republicans' 41st Vote to Undermine the Affordable Care Act

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) released the following statement regarding H.R. 2775, the No Subsidies Without Verification Act, House Republicans' forty-first effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

"Well, here we go again. The time of the House is being wasted, the business of the nation is being obfuscated, and the Republicans have more nonsense to put on the floor. We're told that this is important. That's baloney! This is the 41st time that the Republicans have tried to gut the Affordable Care Act. They don't understand that you're supposed to respect the will of the people and carry forward the business of the nation. What a shame that we have such behavior on that side of the aisle.

"Now, all members of this body agree that we have to verify the incomes of those getting subsidies through the Marketplaces, and that is exactly what will take place starting on October 1. This legislation is obfuscation and deceit. All income data submitted through the Marketplaces will be checked against data from both the IRS and the Social Security Administration under existing practices. This legislation is a lot of witchcraft and baloney. If there is an inconsistency, then additional documentation is going to be required. Furthermore, all of the subsidies are reconciled by the IRS when an individual files their tax returns. This is just spin from people who don't want the Affordable Care Act to come to be.

This is the 41st time we've engaged in this silly exercise. The practical effect of this bill is to deny millions of Americans from getting subsidies for purchasing health insurance. To pass this bill would be to approve a malicious assault on the most vulnerable in our country and those most in need of the Affordable Care Act. We've all seen this song and dance before. This is the 41st time we've engaged in this nonsense, wasting millions of dollars each hour we're doing this. I urge all my colleagues to join me in opposing H.R. 2775, whose political gimmickry will have very harmful effects."


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