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Millions of Veterans Poised to Lose Key Tax Credits In Healthcare Bill

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With a vote on the GOP healthcare plan just hours away in the U.S. House, some poorly thought-out language in the legislation could deny millions of veterans tax credits that are important for their healthcare.

Several sources on Capitol Hill told Newsmax on Tuesday that the potentially harmful language in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — the Obamacare alternative backed by the Trump administration and House Speaker Paul Ryan — remains in the bill despite several published reports about its effect on as many as 7 million veterans.

Newsmax asked the White House about the potential dilemma for veterans if the American Health Care Act is enacted in its present form. “I would have to follow-up with you,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer told me.

Under the initial legislation proposed by the House Republican leadership, members of the armed forces could receive tax credits for healthcare if they were not enrolled in the Veterans Affairs program. In other words, they could choose the program or the tax credits.

But as the bill was written, reported the Washington Examiner, “retired service members qualify [for the tax credits] only if they 'are not eligible' for other types of government healthcare . . . With just the stroke of a pen, some legislative staffer would force millions of veterans to rely on the VA for their healthcare whether they want it or not.”

Someone who has been following the bill is Chip Roy, director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Tenth Amendment Action.

“As Congress continues to push a healthcare bill that fails to repeal Obamacare, drives down costs, and empowers patients,” Roy said, “it appears that technical corrections to the bill would make potentially millions of veterans ineligible for the new refundable tax credit. A refundable tax credit is bad policy on its own merits, but this oversight is further evidence that Congress is repeating the same mistakes of the past — rushing through a Washington-centered healthcare bill that fails to live up to promises made to the American people.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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With a vote on the American Health Care Act hours away in the U.S. House, some poorly thought-out language in the legislation could deny millions of veterans’ tax credits that are important for their healthcare.
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