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Blog: Gingrey Update: Demanding Answers from the IRS, Fighting Obamacare


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This week the House will vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. As we prepare to vote for American energy independence and job creation, here's a recap of what House Republicans fought for last week.

Fighting to repeal Obamacare

Last week, I voted once again to repeal Obamacare. As a physician for more than 30 years, I know first-hand the disastrous effects that this law is having on America's health care system and families across the country.

Despite President Obama's promises, this law has gutted Medicare benefits, increased health insurance premiums, and has already left millions of Americans without care.

We are still fighting. We are still in the trenches. No matter how long it takes, I remain steadfast in my commitment to the full repeal of Obamacare.

GOP Doctors Caucus demands full repeal, highlights regulations tower

In a news conference last week, I joined the House GOP Doctors Caucus, of which I am a co-chairman, to continue the fight to repeal Obamacare. As President Obama's health care law continues to kill jobs, reduce patient access to quality care, and raise health insurance premiums, my colleagues of the GOP Doctors Caucus and I will continue to utilize our medical expertise to protect the doctor-patient relationship from this bureaucratic overstep of federal power.

In our fight to strike this disastrous law from the books, we will continue to focus on market based reforms that bring quality health care, access, and choice to American families.

Demanding answers from the IRS and DOJ

Last week, I sent a letter to President Obama demanding that he appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the outrageous IRS targeting of Tea Party groups. I also joined my colleagues in calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate Justice Department violations and overreach.

As I told the Marietta Daily Journal, if President Obama does what I have asked him to do, House Republicans and I will get to the bottom of this outrageous violation of the American people's trust. Someone made a conscious decision to harass these groups while holding their requests for tax-exempt status, and we must hold them accountable.

Report: Obamacare to cause premium spikes as high as 400 percent

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which I am a member, released a report last week citing internal documents from the nation's largest health insurance companies that reveal the health care law's policies, mandates, taxes, and fees that will cause major premium increases for consumers in the individual, small group and large group markets. As part of the committee's ongoing efforts to educate the American people on the law's impact, members requested existing analyses from 17 insurers on the law's effects on insurance premiums on March 14, 2013.

As this report demonstrates, consumers purchasing health insurance on the individual market may face premium increases of nearly 100 percent on average, with potential highs eclipsing 400 percent. Meanwhile, small businesses can expect average premium increases in the small group market of up to 50 percent, with potential highs over 100 percent."

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