Republican lawmakers and advocacy groups are ramping up their criticism of the Obama administration and its health care law this week, days after the White House quietly announced a delay in the “employer mandate” and issued a rule that says state-run exchanges will rely on an honor system to verify certain applicants’ income data.
Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, Texas Republican, tweeted out a new list from the Heritage Foundation that compiles “Obamacare’s Dirty Dozen Implementation Failures,” including missed deadlines in setting up the insurance markets, “or exchanges,” in each states, legal challenges to the contraception mandate and the repeal of a long-term care provision known as the Class Act.
Always a source of criticism, GOP-led attacks on the Affordable Care Act reached their zenith last week when the Treasury and White House issued blog posts to say the employer mandate would be pushed back by one year, to 2015.
Critics lambasted the decision as a calculated move to push back an unpopular measure until after the mid-term elections.
On Monday, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted Monday that Americans should also “get used” to hearing about quietly issued rulemaking tied to the health care law.
He was referring to a rule, issued Friday and first reported in The Washington Post, that says exchanges in 16 states and the District of Columbia will not have to verify an application’s statement that they do not get health coverage from their employer.
“Current legislative and operational barriers prohibit HHS from requiring employers to report information directly to Exchanges or requiring Exchanges to obtain employer data from the Internal Revenue Service,” the rule said. “The proposed rule included an interim solution to support this verification until a more robust verification process can be developed.”