This week, House Republicans have their eyes on the Obama Administration’s spending authority. They claim billions of health care dollars were spent that were not authorized by Congress. Evidence of such behavior found by the Ways and Means and the Energy and Commerce Committees is being delivered against the Obama administration this Thursday and Friday on Capitol Hill.
According to The New York Times, billions of health care dollars have been reportedly spent on the “consumer cost-reduction program” that was essential to the new health insurance law. So far the Affordable Care Act has received approximately $7 billion in funding.
A report from a Republican representative cited by The New York Times reads, “This action is a clear constitutional violation of the most fundamental tenet of appropriations law.”
Republicans from two main House committees have stated that the funds given to insurance companies did not receive federal approval. In May, the Federal District Court Judge cut all funding and spending privileges from the Obama administration.
The Democratic Party is using the cost-sharing reduction program in their defense against claims made about their practice of unconstitutional spending.
The New York Times reports that both parties agree that the tax credit program, referencing the health care law, was permissibly funded.
In April of 2013, the administration requested $4 billion in “annual appropriation” from the House for the cost-sharing program. The Senate later confirmed that the money was secretly withdrawn and was never invested in the program.
The New York Times cited remarks made by the Republican Party stating, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act did not — and still does not — provide funding for the cost-sharing reduction program,” it says. “The administration knew that. Internal administration memoranda acknowledged that fact. Actions taken by the administration in 2012 and 2013 demonstrated that fact.”
As the investigation evolves, House members and the Republican Party are hoping to have their unanswered questions clarified and their speculations acknowledged.
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Has anything happened with this?
great question, still no answer