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No Subsidies Without Verification Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. BLACKBURN. I thank the gentlelady.

Madam Speaker, I want to commend Mrs. Black, my colleague from Tennessee. She has done a tremendous job in bringing this legislation forward, and she brings it forward because of the experience we have had in Tennessee with a program that was called TennCare, which had no verification. It became ``just in time'' insurance, and guess what? It became too expensive to afford. When you do not exercise appropriate oversight and verification, that is what happens--you incentivize the use. Those who really do not qualify come into the program. Indeed, we had a Governor--a Democrat Governor by the way--who removed about 300,000 individuals from this program.

I am pleased that as we discuss and stand in support of H.R. 2775 that my colleagues across the aisle are getting our message. When it comes to ObamaCare, yes, delay, defund, repeal, replace. That is exactly what we want to do because this law has become so amazingly unpopular with the American people and, indeed, with women. Over 65 percent of all American women oppose this law and the implementation of this law.

The reason we are bringing this legislation forward is that there is a gaping hole. We know that having self-attestation for getting these taxpayer subsidies in these exchanges is going to lead to an incredible amount of fraud. We are even having estimates of as much as $250 billion worth of fraud, which could be going into this program. We're not acting on theory. We're looking at what has previously happened with programs such as TennCare. Indeed, my colleague from New Jersey has heard me talk about this for years, and he knows that when we look at something that is public option health care that that is the public option from which we draw our experience.


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