Special to the Journal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. (GA-02) fought to ensure the availability of affordable health care by voting against H.R. 2775, the No Subsidies Without Verification Act. The legislation would have prohibited federal financial assistance from being provided to individuals to purchase health care in the new state exchanges beginning October 1, 2013 until a new income verification program is established. The vote today marks the 41st time the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to weaken the health care law. The measure was approved by a vote of 235 to 191, but is not expected to be passed by the Senate and would certainly be vetoed by the President.
“Make no mistake. The real purpose of the No Subsidies Without Verification Act is to weaken the health care law and prevent thousands of Georgians from receiving the help they need to secure quality, affordable, health care coverage,” said Congressman Bishop. “There are already sufficient protections under the current law to prevent any potential fraud and recoup overpayments.”
Under the health care law, millions of low- and middle-income Americans will be eligible to receive tax credits and cost-sharing reductions to purchase health care coverage. H.R. 2775 is unnecessary because the Secretary of Health and Human Services has already put in place an effective and efficient system for verification of eligibility for premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions. This legislation’s requirements would impede opening the state insurance exchanges on October 1, 2013, driving up out-of-pocket health care costs for millions of Americans and reducing timely access to much needed and long denied affordable coverage.