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|Sarah Swinehart (202) 226-4774|
FACT CHECK: Recapturing Subsidy Overpayments? Democrats Were for It Before They Were Against It
Today, Ways and Means Democrats decided to dance to the Washington two-step. Only Washington Democrats could call recovering improper, excessive and possibly fraudulent taxpayer-funded subsidies in their health care law, a tax increase. A look back shows that in 2010, Democrats voted to require full repayment of subsidies for those making more than 400 percent of poverty ($93,800 in 2014) and later supported increasing the amount of excess subsidies that needed to be repaid. But today, those same Democrats say that this is a tax increase.
You can’t have it both ways. If it was good policy in 2010, when Democrats were in charge, then why is it suddenly being called a tax increase? Here is a look at the facts:
The Democrats’ health care law makes it clear (Section 1401) that people making more than 400 percent of poverty are ineligible for the new taxpayer-funded subsidies. Every Ways and Means Democrat Member voted for that provision. And, in December, the House voted 409-2 to increase the recapture amount in a manner similiar to what they are complaining about today. Every Ways and Means Democrat Member voted for this as well.