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Tell your senators to support the Alexander-Vitter Amendment No. 523 to Eliminate an Obamacare tax and Repeal the Wind PTC

Dear FreedomWorks member,

As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact both of your senators and urge them to support the “Alexander-Vitter Amendment No. 523,” to the Senate Budget Resolution, S.Con.Res. 8. Introduced by Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, the amendment would make ending the harmful medical device tax of Obamacare and repealing the wasteful Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC) a priority of the Senate Budget Resolution.

FreedomWorks is committed to the principles of lower taxes, less government, and more freedom and the Alexander–Vitter Amendment adheres to these goals by both eliminating a burdensome tax on healthcare providers and patients and reducing the government’s ability to pick winners and losers in the energy market.

Currently, the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, betrays its name by imposing a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices. This is a cost that will no doubt be passed on to the patient in the form of more expensive healthcare if it should remain in place. Eliminating such an unnecessary burden on patients enjoys bipartisan support.

In line with ending government interference in the free market, repealing the Wind PTC will finally end a notoriously wasteful subsidy. The Wind PTC, as it currently exists, provides a tax break to companies that produce electricity with windmills. The subsidy is so lucrative that some wind producers are able to pay consumers to use their electricity. This creates an undue burden on the rest of the energy sector. An extension of the PTC, a program allowed to limp on since its original expiration date in 1999, was hidden in the ‘Fiscal Cliff Deal’, at a cost of over $12 billion to taxpayers. It’s time for this case study in government favoritism and waste to finally end.

I urge you to contact your senators and tell them to support Alexander-Vitter Amendment No. 523 to the Senate Budget Resolution, today.


Matt Kibbe
President and CEO