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house Bill H.R. 2581

Should the Feds Verify That Only Citizens and Eligible Residents Get Tax Credits for Health Insurance Premiums?

Argument in favor

People who are in the U.S. illegally or are otherwise not entitled to tax credits for health insurance premiums shouldn’t be getting that assistance. This is a commonsense way for federal agencies to prevent tax dollars from being spent fraudulently.

Roger's Opinion
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06/13/2017
To me, this is a common sense measure which will protect the American people.
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Matthew's Opinion
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06/13/2017
Government benefits should only go to verifiable citizens and taxpayers. ID fraud causes program costs to explode and auditing becomes impossible. Would prefer a local community based solution and dissolve federal involvement in any social welfare programs.
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Leon's Opinion
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06/13/2017
Only those that have legal status should be able to receive benefits of being a citizen or legal resident
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Argument opposed

This bill would make it harder for working families to access to affordable healthcare by requiring more paperwork and administrative barriers. Besides, some eligible people, like newborns, may not have a Social Security number when applying.

Sngrlittle's Opinion
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06/12/2017
This is more GOP solving problems that don't exist. Non-citizens are not eligible for and don't receive benefits. There are little or no violations reported. I wish Congress could focus on real problems - for example: protecting the environment so that children in Flint and across the nation don't get lead poisoning. Creating jobs building and fixing roads, bridges and catching up with a high speed railroad. Bringing men and women home from military duty in dangerous regions and guaranteeing them jobs, counseling and the same medical care Congress receives. Working on modifying the ACA or offering Medicare for all. Allowing prescription drugs from Canada. Protecting Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare and providing the matching government funding so that our most vulnerable along with all of us who have spent lifetimes investing in Social Security know our investments are safe. Little things like that would be better use of your time.
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Steve's Opinion
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06/13/2017
Come on. If you're paying taxes, you should qualify. We have moved from LBJ's War On Poverty to the GOP's war on the poor.
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Judith's Opinion
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06/12/2017
HR 2581 is a dangerous bill that puts up roadblocks for both citizens and immigrants to obtain timely, affordable health insurance. It would strip away provisions that provide for a person to obtain subsidies for enrollment in an Affordable Care Act plan while they work with Department of Health and Human Services to verify their U.S. citizenship or immigration status. The people most impacted are U.S. citizens who were born abroad or naturalized. The bill also affects many immigrants, especially those newly arrived or certain victims of domestic violence and trafficking survivors.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
  • The house Passed June 13th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 238 Yea / 184 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMay 22nd, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 2581?

This bill — known as the Verify First Act — would require federal agencies to verify that a recipient of the premium tax credit is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident before advance payments of the tax credit are made. That requirement would also apply to the advance payments of a new tax credit under the American Health Care Act (if it’s enacted) after 2019. Individuals could provide a Social Security number in order to comply with the requirement.

Impact

People purchasing health insurance who may be eligible for premium assistance tax credits; and federal agencies.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2581

The CBO estimates that enacting this bill could affect revenues or spending because it’s contingent on the enactment of the American Health Care Act.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) introduced this bill to stop fraud in the distribution of healthcare tax credits and protect taxpayer dollars:

“Every taxpayer dollar that goes to someone committing fraud is a dollar that is not going to help working families and those who truly need and deserve assistance. My bill would fix this problem by verifying that an individual is legally entitled to taxpayer-funded benefits before sending that money out the door.”

Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee opposed this legislation because “it imposes additional and unnecessary bureaucratic paperwork on working families that are in need of financial assistance to afford their health insurance premiums.”

This legislation was passed by the Ways and Means Committee on a party-line 22-16 vote, and has the support of 14 Republican cosponsors in the House.

 

Of Note: A 2016 Senate report found that unauthorized immigrants received up to $750 million in Obamacare premium subsidies. A total of 471,000 people who were covered in 2015 didn’t produce documentation of their citizenship or immigration status in their application, although that doesn’t necessarily mean all were ineligible.

 

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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Social Security Administration / Public Domain)

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Verify First Act

Official Title

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require the provision of social security numbers as a condition of receiving the health insurance premium tax credit.

    To me, this is a common sense measure which will protect the American people.
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    This is more GOP solving problems that don't exist. Non-citizens are not eligible for and don't receive benefits. There are little or no violations reported. I wish Congress could focus on real problems - for example: protecting the environment so that children in Flint and across the nation don't get lead poisoning. Creating jobs building and fixing roads, bridges and catching up with a high speed railroad. Bringing men and women home from military duty in dangerous regions and guaranteeing them jobs, counseling and the same medical care Congress receives. Working on modifying the ACA or offering Medicare for all. Allowing prescription drugs from Canada. Protecting Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare and providing the matching government funding so that our most vulnerable along with all of us who have spent lifetimes investing in Social Security know our investments are safe. Little things like that would be better use of your time.
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    Come on. If you're paying taxes, you should qualify. We have moved from LBJ's War On Poverty to the GOP's war on the poor.
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    HR 2581 is a dangerous bill that puts up roadblocks for both citizens and immigrants to obtain timely, affordable health insurance. It would strip away provisions that provide for a person to obtain subsidies for enrollment in an Affordable Care Act plan while they work with Department of Health and Human Services to verify their U.S. citizenship or immigration status. The people most impacted are U.S. citizens who were born abroad or naturalized. The bill also affects many immigrants, especially those newly arrived or certain victims of domestic violence and trafficking survivors.
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    Read this bill closely. Another attempt to undermine our existing healthcare system (ACA). Why do these "representatives" continue to sh** on middle lower income Americans? Do they think we're not paying attention, really! Their job is to represent all Americans, not just the ultra wealthy who will benefit from the AHCA. Wake up folks, start speaking out
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    If you're paying taxes and paying for health insurance you should get the tax break. The purpose of the tax break is to encourage more people to carry health insurance. This senseless increase in regulation would reduce the efficacy of the tax break.
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    This is antithetical to "small government" philosophy. There should not be more paperwork and bureaucracy in the way of working families getting aid.
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    Government benefits should only go to verifiable citizens and taxpayers. ID fraud causes program costs to explode and auditing becomes impossible. Would prefer a local community based solution and dissolve federal involvement in any social welfare programs.
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    Thought you guys were supposed to be for less government interference in our lives?
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    Only those that have legal status should be able to receive benefits of being a citizen or legal resident
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    It appears that the GOP is out for an award for the most creative methods to screw the middle and lower classes as the do everything possible to help the wealthy and big business. This is just one one more measure to undermine the ACA. No, it should not be endorsed.
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    Is this a real problem? I think not. Much like 45's investigation of "voter fraud" this is just more GOP tomfoolery. More wasting time and money pretending to solve a problem that does not exist. More creating false narratives to drum up hate and distrust toward the marginalized. More red meat for the misinformed angry base. Just stop it already! Get to work finding real solutions to real problems for everyday Americans. A good way to begin the process would be by really listening to your constituents with an open heart and an open mind instead of allowing our voices to be continually drowned out by big money donors.
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    If a bill feels racist, it probably is
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    Healthcare.gov already requires this info and verifies it with the social security administration online. What is the point of this?
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    Unless your are a legal citizen of the united States, you should not benefit off of the tax payers money! Earn your way just like everyone else!
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    Seriously!? You mean to tell we're not already doing this!?
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    Isn't that kind of a no-brained?
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    Vote no on 2581.
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    This is common sense. Please vote in favor.
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    A tax credit implies that one has paid taxes. Does this bill seek to classify taxpayers as citizens or non-citizens in order to deny benefits? Or as another way of identifying (and deporting) non-citizens? I'd want to know more about the intent of this bill before voting.
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