Fitzpatrick Votes to Stop Healthcare Fraud

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement regarding the passage of the No Subsidies without Verification Act [HR 2775] in the House by a 235 to 191 vote:

“The complexity of the president’s health care law has proven to be a burden not only for hardworking Americans but for the very bureaucrats who are supposed to be implementing the law. The Administration’s decision to waive the requirement that those seeking subsidies meet specific eligibility guidelines is yet another sign that the healthcare law is imploding under its own weight. 

Not only is waiving the requirement wrong, but it’s not fair to those who are playing by the rules. 

Today’s bipartisan measure would stop the potential for approximately $250 billion in fraudulent payments through health care subsidies that currently exists in the law now. By ensuring that the Department of Health and Human Services is verifying eligibility, we can stop fraud and abuse that could run wild in this confusing law.

I urge the president to reconsider his opposition and stand with the bipartisan majority of the House- and the American taxpayer- in stopping fraud before it can start.”

The House took up HR 2775 after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the government would no longer verify that each applicant for health care exchanges subsidies under the Affordable Care Act are actually qualified for the assistance. Instead, announcing they would rely only on ‘self-attestation’ and sample audits to ‘protect’ the integrity of the $1 trillion taxpayer-funded assistance program.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.