Congressional Recess Rush

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Congressional Recess Rush
Calendar09 December 2014

With the current government funding law set to expire on December 11 and the 113th Congress scheduled to adjourn the same day, lawmakers are racing to finish work on a bill that would fund most agencies through fiscal 2015. In the House, Republican leaders may need Democratic votes to pass the bill, diminishing prospects that any changes to the ACA will be included.

A House committee will find time, however, to hold a hearing titled “Examining ObamaCare Transparency Failures.” Republicans have asked MIT economist and “ACA architect” Jonathan Gruber to testify about his recent comments that the law passed due in part to voter ignorance and that premium subsidies were designed to be offered only through state exchanges, the key issue in the King v. Burwell case that the Supreme Court will hear next year. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner may also testify about the agency’s enrollment numbers for 2014 and open enrollment process for 2015.

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