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U.S. House Acts to Remove the IRS from Between Americans & Their Doctors
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following comments regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2009, Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. H.R. 2009 would bar the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from implementing or enforcing any component of President Obama’s health care law. Miller said:
“Over the past several months, I have heard from many of my constituents who are very concerned that soon they will have to turn over much of their most private health care information to the IRS as a result of ObamaCare. I believe that concern is justified.
“The American people have been jolted by recent revelations of wrong doing within the IRS, which has diminished their faith and confidence in this powerful federal agency. The IRS has admitted that they had singled out specific groups for extra scrutiny simply because of the political beliefs held by those groups. Since these revelations came to light, two senior IRS officials have hidden behind the protections of the 5th Amendment to shield from American taxpayers, who pay their salaries, the facts about their wrongdoing. Giving this discredited government agency even more authority to enact various provisions of the ObamaCare law, and giving the IRS more power over our daily lives by putting them at the center of some of the most personal and private decisions made by American families, is simply unacceptable.
“The American people do not have the necessary faith needed in the IRS to ensure the agency fairly and prudently enforces this massive takeover of our health care system and be entrusted with unprecedented access to people’s most personal information. I believe that the IRS through its own actions has made clear that it cannot be trusted with this new role. That is why I cosponsored a simple, two-page bill, H.R. 2900 – The Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act. This bill takes away the authority of the Secretary of Treasury to enforce any aspect of ObamaCare.
“Instead of giving the IRS more power and authority over the American people, this bill takes that power away. I am pleased to say that I voted in favor of this important legislation and that it passed the House. Now it is time for the Senate to act and protect the privacy of every American’s private health care information.”