22 leaders of free market groups sent the following open letter (full PDF) to the House of Representatives today:
We, the undersigned organizations and free market leaders write in united support of House efforts this week to get the IRS out of Obamacare.
The House will consider a measure on Friday sponsored by Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) to remove the IRS from any role in the implementation of the Obamacare law.
It’s a basic belief of most Americans that patients, families, and doctors—not IRS bureaucrats--should be making health care decisions. While this has always been the case, its importance has been heightened in recent months by the uncovered political targeting by the IRS of Tea Party and other free market groups. The IRS should not be anywhere near people’s medical decisions until this black cloud of political scandal has been lifted.
Unfortunately, the GAO reports that the IRS has no fewer than 47 powers to implement Obamacare. That’s 47 too many. Allowing the IRS to enforce Obamacare is opening up the door to more abuse, more targeting, and more harassment of American citizens. The myriad of new taxes the IRS will impose under the guise of health care reform will destroy jobs, stifle economic growth, and impede medical innovation in this country.
With Obamacare coming fully online in 2014, now is the time to stop the IRS from becoming a full partner in our families’ healthcare decisions. House efforts to prevent this from happening are welcome and all Members of Congress should support these efforts.
Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
Dean Clancy, Freedom Works
Al Cardenas, American Conservative Union
Amy Kremer, Tea Party Express
Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots
Heather Higgins, Independent Womens’ Voice
Steven J. Duffield, Crossroads GPS
Brandon Arnold, National Taxpayers Union
Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring
Jim Martin, 60 Plus Association
Grace-Marie Turner, Galen Institute
Phil Kerpen, American Commitment
Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America
Sally Pipes, Pacific Research Institute
Ken Hoagland, Restore America’s Voice
John Tate, Campaign for Liberty
Peter Ferrara, National Center for Policy Analysis
Ari Winkour, Harbour League
Gregory T. Angelo, Log Cabin Republicans
Mark Schiller, MD, Doctor-Patient Medical Association
Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D, author of Beating Obamacare
David Williams, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Brian Baker, Ending Spending
David Wallace, Restore America’s Mission
Kathryn Serkes, Take Back Washington
(Signatures are for information purposes only).