In Debt Limit Talks, Senate Republicans Push Measure to Enforce Obamacare's Anti-Fraud Regulations
2:28 PM, Oct 11, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Democrats say that audits will prevent fraud, but Republican senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma strongly disagrees.
“Pay and chase doesn't work. We know that from Medicare and Medicaid," Coburn tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD. "The law limits how much we can collect from them even if they did steal it. So that’s B.S.”
Of course, there are also clear benefits to requiring verification of eligibility for Obamacare's ideological foes. “What they're wanting to get is as many people signing up that are young and healthy,” says Coburn. “It spreads the risk away from the expensive patients.” One of Senator Ted Cruz's top concerns is that too many people will become "addicted" to Obamacare’s subsidies after January 1. Ensuring the subsides aren’t going to people who aren’t eligible is in the interest of those who hope to repeal Obamacare.
Coburn thinks a deal repealing the medical device tax and requiring verification for Obamacare eligibility would probably be enough to strike a deal in the Senate. “I can’t speak for the House," Coburn adds, "and they’re working on a whole different track.”
This story was updated at 3:22 p.m.
Recent Blog Posts