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Black told Cohen that three weeks ago HHS said they did not have the technology to verify the income of all applications.
“What's changed is that we’ve looked at our process and we have confirmed that we are able to verify income for 100 percent of the applicants who will be submitting applications to the marketplaces,” Cohen said.
“I'm just really curious how in just three weeks -- with a rule being put out just three weeks ago to say we do not have the technology to be able to do that and yet three weeks later we're now seeing, oh, all of a sudden we have the technology to do that,” Black asked.
“That's not right,” Cohen responded. “We said we were going to sample and now we've concluded that the sample size is going to be 100 percent.”
Crowley and many other Democratic members of the committee criticized the Republicans for their attempts to repeal the healthcare law.
“In terms of what would be helpful from Congress to aid with smooth implementation, are 40 repeal votes what you would consider being productive?” Crowley asked Cohen.
“I don't think they move the ball forward in terms of my job, no,” he replied.
“Will tomorrow's 40th repeal vote to block tax credits from going to working families help with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in any way?” Crowley also asked.
Cohen said no and Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel told the committee the vote would not have “any impact.”