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.
Bucky McMahon, a Popular Mechanics contributor, discussed an article he wrote for the magazine on the technology invented to destroy Syria’s cache of chemical weapons. He also discussed the Obama Administration’s long-term policy towards the region.
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.
The House debates several bills under suspension of the rules, including legislation to prevent human trafficking, and is expected to work on a bill to direct the Education Secretary to implement competency-based education demonstration projects.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske talks about challenges facing the agency, including federal efforts to handle an unprecedented influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without proper documentation.
Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy discusses defense budget cuts, foreign policy, and U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. She served in the Obama administration from 2009-2012.