Washington, DC – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 2775, the No Subsidies Without Verification Act. This legislation would require the Administration to implement accurate verification systems prior to dispersing subsidies as initially required by the President's health care law, protecting taxpayer dollars and reducing the fraud and abuse in the toxic overhaul:
"In recent months, it appears that the Administration has finally started to realize what Fifth District Virginians and we in the House of Representatives have since day one: the President's health care law is too complex, unworkable, and is having a devastating effect on our stagnant economy. In July, the Administration announced that it would disregard 600 pages of the law's regulations, including the requirement that the government verify each applicant for the exchange subsidies to ensure that they are actually qualified for the assistance.
"Not only does this open the door to rampant fraud and abuse, but it will also potentially waste billions of taxpayer dollars. At a time when we are facing a nearly $17 trillion debt that threatens the very future of this country, we simply cannot afford to have an inaccurate, unreliable system in place prior to dispersing subsidies to individuals who may or may not qualify for them.
"That is why we in the House of Representatives approved the No Subsidies Without Verification Act. This commonsense legislation requires the Health and Human Services Inspector General to verify that subsidies are issued only to eligible Americans.
"I will continue to fight for a full repeal of the President's flawed, misguided health care law, and I remain committed to ensuring that taxpayer dollars are protected."