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Griffin: Latest Obamacare Rule Is "An Invitation for Waste, Fraud and Abuse'

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Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the No Subsidies without Verification Act (H.R. 2775):

"The Obama Administration is preparing to spend billions of dollars on fraudulent exchange subsidies by not verifying that each applicant is eligible to receive them. In effect, President Obama has issued an invitation for waste, fraud and abuse in a program that is already raising healthcare costs and lowering wages for thousands of hardworking families. It's an outrageous scheme, and that's why I am proud to cosponsor and vote for the No Subsidies without Verification Act."

On July 5, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued more than 600 pages of new Obamacare regulations, including one that stated its intention no longer to verify the eligibility of those applying for exchanges subsidies, relying on applications to "self-attest" to their eligibility. This self-certification could cost taxpayers as much as $250 billion in fraudulent payments to ineligible recipients.

H.R. 2775 would require HHS to establish a verification system before subsidies are dispersed.


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