September 16 2013
ObamaCare Bites the Hand that Fed It
Vicki E. Alger
This week, the House took on a hot spot for fraud and abuse in the president’s health care law by passing a bill I authored called the No Subsidies Without Verification Act. This legislation stops the government from issuing health care subsidies until it has a system in place to prevent fraud. It’s that simple.
Now, you’d be right to ask, why isn’t this the case already? Well, in an attempt to prop up its struggling health care law, the Obama administration decided they’d hand out subsidies without verifying who’s eligible. They just want to rely on the honor system. You heard that right: instead of exercising common sense and accountability, the Administration is willing to just give away your tax dollars – no questions asked. …
This is nonsense. And members of both parties agree. …
This is just the latest in a string of bipartisan efforts to repeal and protect Americans from the president’s health care law. The House has also acted in bipartisan fashion to give individuals and families the same delay from the law’s mandates that big businesses have received. The president himself has signed seven bills that dismantle parts of the law.
Speaking of dismantling parts of the law—or at least trying to get special dispensations from it—the Obama administration said labor unions’ healthcare plans cannot receive taxpayer subsidies under ObamaCare, as one official told The Hill last Friday:
The Treasury Department issued a letter today making clear that it does not see a legal way for individuals in multi-employer group health plans to receive individual market tax credits as well as the favorable tax treatment associated with employer-provided health insurance at the same time.
Big labor is now scrambling to find a “fix” so that their members won’t be forced into insurance exchanges, which start October 1 (see my colleague Patrice Lee’s great piece here).
One of the major reasons that people pay dues to unions is because unions do a great job negotiating health benefits for their members. If those members instead have the opportunity to shop for their own non-union-granted coverage on the Obamacare exchanges, workers have far less incentive to join unions.
Talk about a wagging the dog reversal.