Ahead of tomorrow's critical vote in the House on a bill sponsored by Congressman Tom Price (R-Ga.) to remove the IRS from any role in implementing ObamaCare, Independent Women's Voice signed on to an open letter to the House of Representatives in support of the bill. The letter, drafted by Americans for Tax Reform and signed by 22 free-market conservative leaders, is below (VIEW PDF):

Dear Congressmen:

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

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

Brian Baker, Ending Spending

David Wallace, Restore America’s Mission