Republican lawmakers are threatening to subpoena Internal Revenue Service documents over claims that the administration improperly expanded the availability of subsidies under the federal health care overhaul.
IRS representatives say the agency has been cooperative. But in a Jan. 29 letter, Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Dave Camp, R-Mich., called for “unredacted” documents to be submitted by Feb. 5.
Their concern stems from an IRS decision in May 2012 to extend ObamaCare subsidies to people enrolled in federal government-run exchanges.
The Republicans have claimed that the law permits subsidies only for those enrolled in state-run exchanges — or marketplaces where tightly regulated insurance plans will be sold starting next year. Because many states have so far refused to set up the exchanges, allowing subsidies in those states is a decision likely to cost billions.
The Republicans claim the IRS had “no authority” to make the decision. Further, Issa says he’s asked the IRS for documents four separate times relating to how the government is crafting the law but has been ignored.