- - Thursday, August 2, 2012

House Republicans questioned the head of the Internal Revenue Service on the agency’s decision to apply the health care law’s tax credits in states that decide not to carry out a key provision of the statute.

Commissioner Douglas Shulman on Thursday defended the IRS rule that applies the tax credits to federal insurance exchanges, which are the bodies that will be developed to allow those without health insurance to buy it. He testified at a House hearing.

The issue is a new controversy over President Obama’s health care law. Several states already have decided not to establish their own insurance exchanges. In those states, federal exchanges would be created.

The credits would help consumers pay for private insurance beginning in 2014.


Green Party nominee out of jail after arrest

PHILADELPHIA — Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and her running mate have been released from jail after their arrest at a Philadelphia protest.

Ms. Stein and vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala are charged with defiant trespass and conspiracy for a sit-in at a bank.

They were among five people arrested Wednesday at the demonstration against housing foreclosures.

Attorney Lawrence Krasner said Ms. Stein and Ms. Honkala spent the night in jail before being released without bail Thursday afternoon. Ms. Honkala is a longtime Philadelphia activist.

The demonstrators included several city residents struggling to keep their homes. Two met with Fannie Mae officials.

Ms. Stein is a Harvard-educated physician. Her “Green New Deal” platform seeks to create sustainable local economies and reduce corporate power in politics.

Their first court appearance is scheduled Sept. 4.


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