Cramer: Taxpayers Deserve to Know Where Obamacare Payments are Going
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following statement about the subpoenas issued yesterday to Secretary Sylvia Burwell and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for documents on the cost-sharing reduction program that is part of the Affordable Care Act. The House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees issued the subpoenas after the Obama Administration refused for more than a year to turn over documents about unlawful payments to insurance companies.
The committee leaders have been concerned that the Administration is paying subsidies to insurance companies under Section 1402 of the health care law without a legal appropriation from Congress. These expenditures have totaled more than $5 billion to date and are estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to amount to approximately $170 billion over the next 10 years. Cramer is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
“After countless hearings and meetings with Secretary Burwell and the Department of Health and Human Services, I am extremely disappointed that the House Energy and Commerce Committee had to, yet again, go to extraordinary lengths to find out why the Obama Administration has been diverting more than $5 billion in unlawful payments to insurance companies instead of back to the U.S. Treasury. The American taxpayers deserve better than a Federal bureaucracy that will do everything in its power to deceive Congress and avoid the law. If Obamacare is broken, which seems apparent based on the continued withdrawal of the insurance plans from the Obamacare exchanges, then the HHS needs to come forward and quit hiding the truth.”