Surprise! Administration Switches Obamacare Gears Again, Directs States to Pay Out Subsidies First, Verify Eligibility Later

February 28, 2014

Pitts: “This ‘pay now, verify later’ directive raises the administration’s unaccountability to the likes we have not seen.”

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA) today expressed disbelief regarding the administration’s most recent change to the health care law: providing subsidies for “retroactive” enrollment. The administration announced that all states could pay subsidies to enrollees purchasing health care both on and off the exchanges.

“It is outrageous for the Obama administration to be quietly telling states: pay subsidies now, worry about the paperwork later. The administration is blatantly ignoring the law, paying subsidies to plans outside of exchanges,” commented Pitts. “Additionally, this ‘pay now, verify later’ directive could be a boon for fraudsters, raising the administration’s unaccountability to the likes we have not seen. Once again, the self-proclaimed ‘most transparent administration in history’ is caught trying to hide another change from the public. The unilateral delays and changes have been rampant. The American people deserve better – they deserve fairness for all.” 

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