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Simpson Supports Legislation to Reduce Fraud in Obamacare

Washington, September 12, 2013

Congressman Mike Simpson today voted in support of H.R. 2775, the No Subsidies Without Verification Act.  This bill would stop Obamacare subsidies from being awarded until a workable verification system is in operation.

“Idahoans know that Obamacare is the wrong direction for our health care system, and even President Obama has been forced to admit the law is unworkable as he continues to delay or waive major provisions,” Simpson said. “Half of its deadlines have been missed so far.”

H.R. 2775 would hold the government accountable to taxpayers by requiring accurate verification systems be established and implemented to ensure that only eligible Americans receive subsidies under Obamacare.  Some estimates have put the expected cost of fraudulent payments at $250 billion under the current scheme.

“The Obamacare regulations recently released by the Department of Health and Human Services, all 600 pages of them, indicated that the government would allow “self-attestation” to determine qualification -- In other words, the honor-system,” added Simpson.

“Obamacare is a mess, and as Congressional Republicans continue to work to delay, defund, and eventually repeal the law, we also must insist on common-sense changes. Unfortunately, Democrats and the White House have largely opposed even simple things like H.R. 2775.”

The bill passed the House 235-191 and moves to the Senate for consideration.  President Obama has already threatened to veto the legislation should it come to his desk.