House Republicans keep target on health law's insurance subsidies

Published on January 31, 2013 at 4:52 AM · No Comments

Meanwhile, a new GOP lawmaker from Texas renews his pledge to undo "ObamaCare" while a senator focuses on workforce issues.

The Hill: Republicans Threaten To Subpoena IRS Records On Health Law's Subsidies
House Republicans on Tuesday reiterated their threat to issue subpoenas in their investigation into the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies. Republicans believe the IRS exceeded its legal authority by writing regulations to make the subsidies available in both state-run and federally facilitated exchanges, and have repeatedly asked to review documents about the IRS's decision making process (Baker, 1/29).

Fox News: Freshman Cruz Vows to Keep Campaign Promise To Try To Dismantle ObamaCare
Freshman Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is introducing legislation to fully repeal President Obama's signature health care law, making good on a campaign promise that attempting to dismantle ObamaCare would be his first order of congressional business. "I promised the voters of Texas that the first bill I would file as a U.S. senator would be to repeal every last word of ObamaCare, and that's a promise I'm proud to keep," the Texas senator said in a statement. Cruz argues Congress passed the legislation over the strong opposition of the American people, that it has already increased the cost of health insurance and has caused employers to drop their coverage. He also says further implementation of the law will continue to reduce the quality of health care (1/29).

The Hill: Rubio: Immigration Deal 'Un-Doable' If Health Benefits Are On The Table
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) signaled that he will withdraw support from any immigration reform deal that extends federal health care benefits to provisionally legal U.S. residents. Rubio was speaking with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh Tuesday when he said that adding millions of new beneficiaries under President Obama's health care law would excessively strain the federal budget (Viebeck, 1/29).

In other health care news from Capitol Hill --

The Hill: Lobbyists Air Concerns About Doctor Gift-Disclosure Rule At White House
Lobbyists are lining up to meet with Obama administration officials about rules that would require medical companies to disclose financial relationships with doctors, according to records released by the White House. The rules set forth by the Affordable Care Act reached the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in November -- way behind schedule set by Congress. Interest groups and Congress have since called for the administration to speed the process along. OIRA has up to 90 days to conduct a review, giving it until Feb. 27 (Wilson, 1/29).

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