Thank you for contacting me regarding ObamaCare. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.
Senator Max Baucus, one of the law's main architects, was right when he described Obamacare as "a huge train wreck coming down." The Administration's decision to delay the employer mandate is just another sign that the law was drafted very poorly and was not built carefully enough to work as President Obama promised. It is past time that we dismantle Obamacare, and replace it with solutions that ensure access to affordable, high quality health care for all Americans.
Introduced by Representative Tom Price (R-GA) on May 16, 2013, H.R. 2009 would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from implementing or enforcing ObamaCare. I am a cosponsor of this bill. H.R. 2009 has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee where it is currently under review. You may be interested to know that I am also a cosponsor of similar legislation, the Prevent IRS Overreach Act of 2013 (H.R. 1993). Introduced by Representatives Randy Forbes (R-VA) on May 15, 2013, H.R. 1993 would prohibit the IRS from hiring or transferring any personnel in order to implement ObamaCare. H.R. 1993 has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee where it is currently under review.
As you know, on Friday, May 17, ousted Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Miller stated "I don't think targeting is wrong." Furthermore, the publication Politico reported that Mr. Miller "spent most of the hearing saying he didn't remember things – like the details of how he first learned of the targeting – and insisting he didn't mislead Congress by not telling lawmakers" when asked at a hearing in July 2012 if Tea Party and other conservative groups were being targeted by the IRS. Mr. Miller seemed to believe that asking the conservative groups questions not asked of other ideological groups did not qualify as harassment. Mr. Miller admitted that the IRS targeted groups with names, such as "tea party" and "patriot," more associated with conservative causes and that they did not target groups with names, such as "progress" and "organizing," more associated with liberal causes.
I agree with you. I support policies that prohibit the IRS from participating in the implementation of ObamaCare. Please know that I will monitor the situation closely as it continues to unfold to ensure that the IRS is held accountable for this shocking violation of the trust of the American people.
For more information on what is happening in Congress, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov . If I may be of further assistance to you on this, or any other issue, please feel free to contact me in my Washington, DC office at (202) 225-3861.