House Speaker John A. Boehner and other top Republicans said Tuesday the new health care law is at the forefront of their constituents’ minds and that they will continue scrutiny of Obamacare in floor votes on Wednesday.
Rep. Diane Black, Tennessee Republican, introduced the bill up for consideration, which requires the Obama administration to have strict income verification processes in place before doling out tax credits that would help many consumers who do not have employer-based coverage pay their premiums on the individual market.
“The idea that you could go to one of these exchanges and just promise, ‘This is what I made last year,’ is problematic,” Mr. Boehner told reporters. “Our job is to spend the American people’s tax money wisely. And I believe that this will lead to an awful lot of abuse, and it really should not occur.”
His comments show House Republicans are still focused on dismantling Mr. Obama’s law, even as Congress turns its attention to the standoff over Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons.
A breakaway group of conservatives in both chambers has said lawmakers should reject any spending resolution that funds any part of Obamacare — even if it risks a government shutdown on Oct. 1.
“Listen, our goal here is not to shut down the government,” Mr. Boehner said. Our goal is to cut spending and to stop Obamacare.”
He noted that his chamber has voted dozens of times to repeal all or part of the law and that the White House has agreed to several changes, so it is up to the Democrat-controlled Senate to press the brakes on the controversial law before it takes root this fall.
“That’s where the issue is, the United States Senate,” Mr. Boehner said. “Let’s get the issue over there and force them to actually have a vote on getting rid of Obamacare.”