Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Keep the IRS Out of Healthcare

Aug 2, 2013
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2, 2013

WASHINGTON –Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) today voted for H.R. 2009, the Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The act, which passed by a vote of 232 to 185, prohibits the IRS from implementing or enforcing any provisions of Obamacare.

The House Committee on Ways and Means has reported that Obamacare “results in the largest expansion of IRS authority in history.” Among other provisions, Obamacare gives the IRS power to collect and administer a $29 billion tax on medical devices and a $101 billion health insurance tax. The tax increases, which are expected to total in excess of $1 trillion dollars, will be collected and overseen by the IRS.

Said Cook, “Giving the IRS the power to levy more than $1 trillion in new taxes at a time when the agency is riddled with scandals and abuses would be completely irresponsible. Until the IRS proves it can act impartially, they shouldn’t be given any more authority.”

In May, the IRS admitted to targeting conservative groups unfairly in their reviews of applications for tax-exempt status. The IRS may have targeted pro-Israel groups as well. IRS officials in Washington and multiple other offices were involved, proving the problems were not isolated to a single office.

In June, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform revealed that the IRS spent about $50 million in taxpayer money to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012.

Cook continued, “This is just further proof that Obamacare is a train wreck and needs to be overturned. Without this bill, we would have one of the most troubled government bureaucracies in the nation in charge of enforcing a law that is crippling businesses and has the potential to cost individuals thousands of dollars a year.”

A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.