The Washington Times - September 11, 2013, 08:24AM

President Obama would veto a Republican-led bill that requires an inspector general to verify the household income of Americans who obtain sliding-scale government subsidies to help them pay their health premiums under Obamacare.

The White House said late Tuesday the bill is an unnecessary attempt to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which is set to take root Oct. 1 through state-based insurance markets where people without employer-based coverage can shop for health plans.

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Rep. Diane Black, Tennessee Republican, filed the No Subsidies Without Verification Act in response to reports the Obama administration would rely on the honor system during the initial stages of implementation. A revised version of the bill calls on the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services to establish an income-verification program, rather than the HHS secretary.


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The Republican-led House is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday. It is likely to pass, but unlikely to gain traction in the Democrat-controlled Senate.


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The administration said HHS has an “effective and efficient” income-verification plan in place and that imposing new duties on the inspector general could impede the rollout of state exchanges this fall.


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“It is time for the Congress to stop fighting old political battles and join the President in an agenda focused on providing greater economic opportunity and security for middle class families and all those working to get into the middle-class,” the White House said.


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