Rep. Diane Black: Obamacare’s subsidy issue was predictable

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Rep. Diane Black on Monday lambasted the Obama administration over a weekend report that says the government is issuing subsidies that are too high or too low to people who purchase health coverage under Obamacare.

There could be up to 1 million enrollees who listed income on their coverage applications that did not sync up with IRS records, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

It is a problem that persists because people affected by the problem will be asked to provide new verification of their income, but the government’s tech system is not yet equipped to match the proof with their applications, the newspaper reported.

Applicants who received too large of a subsidy are supposed to make the government whole during next spring’s tax-filing season.

“This is the predictable result of President Obama’s reckless decision to move forward with a program that was never ready,” Ms. Black, Tennessee Republican, said. “We knew that paying out subsidies without first confirming that someone was eligible would become a nightmare for American taxpayers, and these reports confirm our concerns. Not only are taxpayers potentially on the hook for billions of dollars in fraudulent subsidy claims, but honest Americans who merely make a mistake filling out Obamacare forms might now he hounded years later for back taxes.”

Earlier this year, the House passed Ms. Black’s No Subsidies Without Verification Act, which would have prevented the government from issuing Obamacare assistance until there was a new system in place to verify the amounts.

The bill stalled in the Democrat-led Senate.

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