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Pam Bondi criticizes Obamacare regulations on FOX News

The federal government quietly released a 606-page document Friday that outlined new regulations under the health care law, and Attorney General Pam Bondi doesn't like what she sees.

The government decided that state-run health exchanges won't have to verify that people are not receiving insurance from their employers before allowing them to receive tax subsidies to purchase coverage on the exchange. The honor system will be used, at least for the first year, meaning people who say they don't have employer-sponsored insurance will be taken at their word.

Income verification rules were also relaxed, because the federal government said it doesn't have the authority or resources to carry out that task as initially outlined.

"Here now, we have nothing to prevent fraud," Bondi said on "FOX and Friends" Tuesday morning. "Anyone can come and say we can qualify for this, and there is absolutely no verification." (Here is a link to the video.)

We should note here that the regulation applying to state-based health exchanges doesn't apply to Florida because it is among 27 states that decided to default to the federal government. Bondi didn't mention that fact during her nearly four-minute interview with host Gretchen Carlson.

"It's going to be difficult for the IRS to verify, it's going to be difficult for state authorites to verify and again it's just one more example of what a mess this federal government takeover has become," Bondi said.

The federal government has already launched a marketing campaign to educate consumers about the health exchanges. Open enrollment begins Oct. 1 for coverage beginning Jan. 1.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:13pm]


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