Effects on PPACA
While the government shutdown was triggered in larger part by demands in Congress to defund or delay the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the measure that re-opened the government included just one minor change. Under the measure, the HHS must ensure that state and federal health insurance exchanges verify that people applying for federal subsidies to purchase insurance on the exchanges are eligible to receive them. HHS must also submit a report to Congress by Jan. 1, 2014 that describes the measures that exchanges have implemented to verify eligibility and prevent fraud.
House Republicans are expected to continue their push for changes to healthcare reform while legislators on both sides of the aisle pursue a more long-term solution for the federal budget and debt ceiling.
In an Oct. 16 statement, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said the GOP "will rely on aggressive oversight that highlights the law's massive flaws and smart, targeted strikes that split the legislative coalition the president has relied on to force his healthcare law on the American people."