1. Representative Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) (pictured) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) have introduced legislation to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from administering any aspect of Obamacare.
HR 2009, the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act, has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. The bill has 67 cosponsors.
The Senate companion bill, S 983, has been referred to the Finance Committee. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is a cosponsor.
Both bills contain these findings:
(1) On May 10, 2013, the IRS admitted that it singled out advocacy groups, based on ideology, seeking tax-exempt status.
(2) This action raises pertinent questions about the agency's ability to implement and oversee Public Law 111-148 (the official designation for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, i.e. Obamacare) and Public Law 111-152 (the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, which made some modifications in Obamacare).
(3) This action could be an indication of future IRS abuses in relation to Public Law 111-148 and Public Law 111-152, given that it is their responsibility to enforce a key provision, the individual mandate.
(4) Americans accept the principle that patients, families, and doctors should be making medical decisions, not the federal government.
Both bills also state, "The Secretary of the Treasury, or any delegate of the Secretary, shall not implement or enforce any provisions of or amendments made by Public Law 111-148 or 111-152."
These bills simply remove the IRS, and its parent agency, the Treasury Department, from involvement in Obamacare. The authority of other federal agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), would not be affected.
In a news release, Price said:
The American people learned what many had already suspected--that the IRS had inappropriately abused its authority to target and intimidate certain individuals and organizations trying to practice their right to free speech.
This comes at the same time that the Obama Administration is rolling out the implementation of its health care law which invests enormous powers in the IRS.
The same agency that just committed an appalling violation of the American people's trust is going to be at the forefront of enforcing the health care law, including the individual mandate which will require every citizen to prove to this agency that they've purchased government-dictated health care coverage.
When it comes to an individual's personal health care decisions, no American should be required to answer to the IRS--an agency that just forfeited its claim to a reputation of impartiality. It has always been an untenable and unacceptable scenario, and we ought to take this common sense step to take the IRS out of health care.
Wynton Hall of Breitbart reported that an army of 2,137 IRS agents, under the leadership of Sarah Hall Ingram, the person in charge of the tax-exempt unit, is gearing up to implement various aspects of Obamacare.
Cornyn told Breitbart, "The official who oversaw the targeting of Tea Party groups is now in charge of implementing Obamacare at the IRS. Now more than ever, we need to prevent the IRS from having any role in Americans' health care."
The last issue of this newsletter reported that the House passed 229 to 195 HR 45 by Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and 128 cosponsors to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.
But there is no chance this bill could pass the Democratic-controlled Senate and be signed into law by the President. However, since seven bills were enacted into law last session to repeal parts of Obamacare, it is possible additional "bite size" parts of Obamacare can be repealed this session.
The new bills by Price and Cornyn to remove the IRS from Obamacare might be among these possibilities.
2. A new Fox News poll found that only 26% of voters believe Obamacare will improve their health care, while 53% say it will be worse, 13% think it won't make a difference, and 8% had no opinion.
Similarly, the poll found that 56% of the people would like to go back to the health care system that existed before Obamacare was passed in 2010. Only 34% wanted to leave Obamacare in place. 10% were undecided.
Among independents, 51% say they will be worse off under Obamacare versus 24% who think they will be better off, 15% who said there would be no difference, and 11% who were undecided.
A quarter of Democrats and liberals believe they will be worse off under Obamacare.
A previous issue of this newsletter reported that a Kaiser Health Poll showed grassroots Democrats were beginning to oppose Obamacare.
These poll results are ominous indicators for Democrats in the 2014 elections.
3. Labor unions are among the Democratic groups turning against Obamacare.
Sam Hananel of the Associated Press reported:
Some union leaders have grown frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of the new law--problems that they say could jeopardize the health benefits offered to millions of their members.
The issue could create a political headache next year for Democrats facing re-election if disgruntled union members believe the Obama administration and Congress aren't working to fix the problem.
"It makes an untruth out of what the president said, that if you like your insurance, you could keep it," said Joe Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. "That is not going to be true for millions of workers now."
It would be in the best interest of Democrats in Congress to support modifications to Obamacare that will lessen the severe adverse effects of the law.
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