Sunday, May 19, 2013

AUDIO: GOP Weekly Address IRS Scandal and Obamacare Means Higher Premiums

ObamaCare & Higher Premiums: “Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) used the Republican weekly address to highlight a report released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week that found insurance premium rates for people under ObamaCare may increase in many states. … The report found that premiums for people in about 45 states could increase by about 100 percent on average, according to 17 insurance companies that responded to questions from the committee.” (The Hill, 5/18/13)

Rep. Andy Harris


  • ObamaCare, IRS scandal. House Republicans on Saturday touted their recent vote to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act, tying it to the unfolding IRS scandal and a member of President Obama’s cabinet under fire for fundraising. … Harris decried the new healthcare law by suggesting that it would be mismanaged by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). …. ‘Now, just think about the fact that it’s the IRS that will be responsible for enforcing many of these regulations,’ Harris said in this week’s GOP address. ‘If we’ve learned anything this week, it’s that the IRS needs less power, not more.’” (The Hill, 5/18/13)
  • IRS scandal is one more strike against health care law. Republicans capped the week with another attack against President Obama's health care reform, criticizing the law and its relationship with the Internal Revenue Service. … Republicans … used the controversy to further criticize health care reform, as the IRS is tasked with implementing many of the law's provisions. Lawmakers also highlighted the fact that the current director of the Affordable Care Act office in the IRS used to head up the agency's tax exempt/government entities office, the same department taking heat over the recent dust-up with conservative groups. ‘You can't make this stuff up,’ Harris said in the address.” (CNN, 5/18/13)
  • Harris links IRS scandal to Obamacare in address. Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland used a rare opportunity to speak on behalf of the Republican Party on Saturday to tie the unfolding IRS scandal to President Barack Obama's 2010 overhaul of the nation's health care system. Noting that the Internal Revenue Service will be responsible with taxing individuals who fail to obtain health insurance, Harris argued that, ‘if we've learned anything this week, it's that the IRS needs less power, not more.’” (Baltimore Sun, 5/18/13)
  • “Harris, in the weekly Saturday Republican media address, questioned the federal tax agency’s responsibility for levying fines against individuals who fail to meet new health insurance mandates….” (UPI, 5/18/13)
  • ObamaCare & Jobs:
  • “With several of the health care reforms taking effect next year, Republicans are drumming up more opposition to the law. Harris argued the law's mandate to purchase health insurance would ‘turn lives upside down’ and fears of rising costs are discouraging small business owners from hiring new workers. ‘Obamacare is knocking Americans off the ladder of opportunity, and the sooner we repeal it, the sooner we can start fixing health care for working families,’ said the congressman, who was elected in 2010.” (CNN, 5/18/13)
  • “…Republicans used the incidents as a rallying call to repeal the healthcare law. … ‘Well here’s the problem: the train wreck is already here. ObamaCare is knocking Americans off the ladder of opportunity, and the sooner we repeal it, the sooner we can start fixing health care for working families,’ he said.” (ABC News, 5/18/13
  • ObamaCare & Higher Costs From Red Tape:
  • Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland delivers this week's Republican address, joined by Sen. Mitch McConnell's Red Tape Tower, a seven-foot tall collection of ‘all the regulations already associated with President Obama's health care law.’ … The Red Tape Tower, standing ‘20,000 pages high and seven feet tall,’ says Harris, includes ‘the taxes, the mandates, the tricks, the traps [and] the fine print’ that he warns will be enforced by the IRS.” (ABC News Radio, 5/18/13)
  • “In the Republican address, Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland says red tape in Obama’s health care law will drive up costs. He says the embattled IRS needs less power, not more.” (Associated Press, 5/18/13)
  • “In the Republican Party address, Representative Andy Harris of the eastern state of Maryland says ‘red tape’ in the president's health care law … will drive up costs for Americans.” (VOA News, 5/18/13) 

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