House Republicans charged that the Obama administration can't be trusted to implement the Affordable Care Act at a hearing on Thursday, which came as the House prepared for the 40th time to scrap the controversial law. Washington bureau reporter Michael Scotto filed the following report for NY1.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- House Republicans charge that the Affordable Care Act will lead to massive fraud, costing taxpayers billions of dollars.
"How do you expect the American people to believe that their hard-earned tax dollars are going to be protected?" said Michigan Rep. Dave Camp.
At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing Thursday, Republicans warned that the Obama administration's decision to delay the requirement that large businesses offer insurance will result in people getting health care subsidies they're not eligible for.
Administration officials said that won't happen, promising that they will check that anyone who applies for a tax credit actually needs it.
"If we can't verify, then we're going to ask for further information and documentation, such as pay stubs, from every applicant," said Gary Cohen of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Republicans, though, said they have concerns about that process, too, pointing to the IRS targeting scandal as evidence that the government can't be trusted with information.
"They're concerned that the government is learning way too much about their private lives and that the government's sharing way too much of that information," said Texas Rep. Kenny Marchant.
"No one has to provide any information about themselves unless they want a benefit, unless they want a subsidy," Cohen said.
Democrats saw the attacks as purely political.
"It's abundantly clear that this hearing is being called not to be of any assistance in this program being successful," said Rep. Charles Rangel, whose district covers portions of Manhattan and the Bronx.
In fact, the House is voting on Friday for the 40th time to repeal or scale back the law. The bill is expected to pass the House but go nowhere in the Senate.
Following the vote, lawmakers will skip town for a five-week recess.