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Rep. Tom Price: Congress Revving Up on Bill to Ban IRS From Obamacare

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 06:05 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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A bill that would prohibit the IRS from participating in the administration of Obamacare will go before Congress this week, according to its author, Rep. Tom Price, a Georgia Republican.

"The IRS is the enforcement arm for the Affordable Care Act, but at this point the IRS has violated any trust it ever had with the American people," Price told David Nelson, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"[The bill] says the IRS may not participate in any enforcement or implementation of the Affordable Care Act. We're going to vote on that on the floor of the House this week."

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Price’s bill would stop the IRS from enforcing the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate by making sure individuals are signing on and paying for a health plan. Under the bill, the IRS also could no longer provide advance tax credits.

Price said support for his bill has picked up steam, with about 140 co-sponsors signing on.
"I'm calling on the Democrats that have voiced their concerns about this portion of the law as well to join us and vote for HR-2009," he said.

Price, a medical doctor, is also hoping all of Obamacare will be delayed by a year, not just the participation of employers in the plan, which President Barack Obama called off until 2015.

"We're calling on the administration to delay all aspects of Obamacare … for at least a year," he said.

"There's no reason why we ought to put Washington in charge of our healthcare. It's something that's personal and intimate as the kinds of decisions that you and every other American make for your healthcare."

Price said that as a doctor, he is getting calls every day from former colleagues who are extremely worried about the new healthcare law.

"[It] will make it virtually impossible for them to do what they believe they need to do for their patients … There are all sorts of things in the law, including the Independent Advisory Board, which is this panel that will dictate to physicians what they may be paid for prospectively, but also retrospectively," he said.

"The federal government will come in and say to Dr. Smith, 'You did this to Mrs. Jones. We don't believe that was necessary' — after the fact — and then take that money back from Dr. Smith. That puts a chilling effect on that patient-physician relationship."

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