House Republicans passed the "No Subsidies Without Verification Act" today, which would bar any of Obamacare's subsidies from being distributed until a fully-functional eligibility verification system is in place. Phil Klein must be pleased. The legislation would head-off the widespread fraud and other abuses expected to result from the administration's eleventh-hour weakening of required standards. Under the new rules, individuals and families can receive generous taxpayer-funded benefits without proving that they qualify for them. This "honor system" approach is outrageous, especially considering how much waste and abuse occurs within programs like Medicare and Medicaid -- which actually have operational verification standards. The Wall Street Journal appropriately dubbed the administration's about-face an invitation to "liar subsidies." This desperate delay was rushed through because states and insurers aren't even close to having operational exchanges that fulfill all the obligations set forth in the law. By passing this item, the House is protecting taxpayers:
The House has passed legislation aimed at preventing people from receiving health insurance subsidies under ObamaCare until a better system is put in place to verify who is eligible for those subsidies. Members passed the No Subsidies Without Verification Act, H.R. 2775, in a 235-191 vote that saw support from five Democrats. But like dozens of other bills from the House meant to tweak or repeal ObamaCare, this one also seems likely to go nowhere in the Senate. The White House has said the bill is unnecessary, and President Obama would veto it if it were presented for his signature.