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Speaker John Boehner wheels in 'Obamacare' prop to highlight dense U.S. tax code

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House Speaker John A. Boehner joined the ranks of Republicans marking Tax Day on Monday, wheeling in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “Red Tape Tower” to make a political point.

The 7-foot-tall tower of paper has been used by Senate Republicans to highlight the reams of regulations tied to President Obama’s health care law.

“Now take a good look,” Mr. Boehner said in a video clip on his website. “Now picture this — four of these.”

“Our tax code is 4 million words long,” he continued. “Add to that the regulations, explanations, annotations and more, and there are 74,000 pages.”

Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, goes on to boast that the House GOP budget calls for a repeal of “Obamacare” and lays the foundation for a clearer, fairer tax code.

Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican and chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, has said comprehensive tax reform will be his top priority in this Congress.

Democrats also have called for tax reform, but it is unclear if the parties can find enough common ground to get it done.

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