Telephone lines were open for viewer questions and comments on the conflicting federal appeals courts rulings on health care law subsidies. Two federal appeals courts were split on whether the Internal Revenue Service can legally manage subsidies to help the poor pay for federally mandated health care plans, dual decisions that poise the issue for attention from the Supreme Court. Elise Viebeck was interviewed by phone about the two rulings.
Elise Viebeck, health care reporter for The Hill newspaper, discussed two divergent appeals court rulings on the legal ability of the IRS to administer subsidies for insurance policies covering the poor.
Representative Jim Himes (D-CT), a member of the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees, talked about foreign intelligence gathering during times of war and his housing finance reform bill.
Other topics included the recent conflicting federal appeals court rulings on heath care subsidies and U.S.-Russia relations.
Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), a member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, talked about the future of the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) as Senate hearings to confirm Robert McDonald as VA secretary began. He also discussed President Obama’s request for emergency supplemental border security funding.
Commissioner John Koskinen testified at a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) response to congressional oversight and investigation into alleged targeting of conservative groups.