(WASHINGTON) — 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.” Harris, also a physician, argues for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and claims the law only limits job opportunities for Americans.
“Obamacare is knocking American off the ladder of opportunity, and the sooner we repeal it, the sooner we can start fixing health care for working families,” Harris says in the address.
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.
“If we’ve learned anything this week, it’s that the IRS needs less power, not more. As a matter of fact, it turns out that the IRS official who oversaw the operation that that’s under scrutiny for targeting conservatives is now in charge of the IRS’s ObamaCare office,” Harris says.
“As a physician for nearly 30 years, Ive always believed the power in our health care system should belong to patients and their families, not politicians — and certainly not the taxman,” he adds.
But Republicans’ plan for jobs includes repeal of the president’s health care law and focus on patient-centered reforms that include disease prevention research to improve care and bring down costs, Harris says.
“This week marked the third time in three years that the people’s House has listened to the people and voted for full repeal of the health care law,” says Harris. “Now it’s time for the Senate to listen to the people as well.”
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