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Shutdown follies: Congress gets tough on the little guy
Shutdown follies: Congress gets tough on the little guy

Today's watchword on Obamacare is "income verification." That's a process that House Republicans, and Senate conferees, appear poised to write into their solutions to resolve the fiscal standoff. It means somehow verifying in real time the income that applicants for insurance list in order to claim a government premium subsidy. Senate Democrats seem inclined to go along with income verification to reach a fiscal agreement with their Republican counterparts, though the details of what they would agree to are murky. Reports say they're willing to "tighten" income verification rules, which leaves plenty of latitude. They also indicate that they don't...

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