IRS’s Role in Health Care Law Is Targeted in House Spending Bill
Posted at 1 p.m. on July 15
The House today continues amendment votes on the fiscal 2015 Financial Services spending bill. Health care proposals in the legislation focus on the more than 40 provisions in the 2010 health care law that task the IRS with verifying consumer health insurance exchange subsidies, administering premium tax credits and enforcing the individual and employer health coverage mandates.
The measure would omit spending requested by the White House to implement the health law and would prohibit the transfer of funds from the Department of Health and Human Services. The bill also expressly would prohibit the IRS from implementing the law’s individual mandate.
Additionally, the legislation would restrict White House spending on preparing or implementing presidential executive orders, while House Republican leaders mull a separate vote on a resolution authorizing a lawsuit challenging White House administrative actions relating to the health care law.
The spending bill would increase spending for the Office of National Drug Control Policy and would fund District of Columbia HIV-AIDS programs. However, long-term spending bill limitations would continue to restrict D.C. laws on marijuana use and contraceptive services coverage.
Broader federal spending restrictions are retained on abortions and needle exchange programs. Roll Call reported that the White House cited the local health funding restrictions among the reasons the president would likely veto the measure.