The House of Representatives will vote in the next two weeks on H.R. 2009 — the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act — legislation sponsored by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) that will prohibit the agency, which is under fire for wrongly targeting conservative groups, from enforcing ObamaCare.
In response to the IRS scandal, House Republicans are promising a series of votes on legislation to send a message to the embattled agency and to keep the Obama Administration playing defense as ObamaCare continues to collapse on itself.
“As we’ve seen in recent announcements from the White House, the Obama Administration is clearly unable to manage the implementation of its own health care law. We’ve also learned that the IRS is clearly unable to prudently and impartially enforce current law,” said Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) in a press release from his office. “The Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act is essential in preventing further targeting, abuse and harassment, as well as in ensuring Americans have access to quality health care.”
“It is thanks to the American people who have voiced their support for our plan and the more than 100 members of Congress who have cosponsored H.R. 2009 that we have this opportunity to take action,” he added. “I urge more of our fellow citizens to get involved, so together, we can continue to keep the pressure on Washington to keep health care decisions in the hands of patients, families and doctors, instead of the government.”
FreedomWorks, a DC-based organization with strong ties to the grassroots, provided a strong tool that allowed activists to play a huge role in the online lobbying effort for the bill. They launched a petition on their website that gave allowed activists to send more than 21,300 messages urging House Speaker John Boehner to bring the IRS Off Your Health Care Act to the floor.
Dean Clancy, vice president of public policy at FreedomWorks, celebrated the decision and urged activists to stay engaged with members of Congress to ensure that the IRS’s already substantial power, scaled back.
“The bill, H.R.2009, would completely remove the IRS from enforcement of the president’s controversial health care law. Since the IRS is ObamaCare’s lead enforcement agency, granted 47 new powers and authorities under the statute (including powers to enforce the unconstitutional and unnecessary individual mandate), this bill would effectively end the Washington health care takeover,” wrote Clancy at FreedomWorks’ blog.
“The IRS has admitted that it intentionally and systematically discriminated against conservative and tea party groups in the run-up to the 2012 election,” he added. “We simply can’t trust the IRS with control of our health care.”
Under ObamaCare, the IRS has been given the power to enforce the individual mandate and the employer mandate, among other powers, as noted by Clancy. FreedomWorks is encouraging activists and Americans concerned about the impact of ObamaCare to stay involved by reaching out to members of Congress.