Keeping the IRS off Americans' health care

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Washington, D.C., Aug 2, 2013 | Jen Talaber (202.225.2931) | comments

Rep. Phil Gingrey called for the elimination of the IRS from any Obamacare implementation role in a floor statement supporting the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act. This bill, H.R. 2009, passed the House of Representatives today by a 232 to 185 vote.

Statement for the Record: Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Mr. Speaker,

I rise today in support of H.R. 2009, the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The IRS was granted 46 new powers in Obamacare including the collection of 21 new taxes, the distribution of 13 new subsidies, 6 new information collection responsibilities, and an additional 6 new powers to enforce compliance. As the Treasury Inspector General said earlier this year, “It is unprecedented in recent history, the amount of responsibility the IRS is being given in an area that most people don’t think of as an IRS function.”

Mr. Speaker, the bill before us today will seek to rectify this situation and force this Congress to think of better options to reform our health system. Obamacare has given the American people the largest tax increase in our country’s history and will take over 80 million hours annually to follow the law. This bill will get the IRS out of health care, thereby allow businesses to focus on creating jobs and succeeding as opposed to trying to comply with overreaching regulatory enforcement by the federal government, and stop the implementation of the misguided health care bill.

I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of H.R. 2009 and I yield back.

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