The IRS will be responsible for implementing healthcare reform
If Barack Obama’s healthcare reform bill becomes law one of the most vilified government agencies of all time will have the power to make sure all Americans are adhering to the new policies, the IRS.
The IRS will have the responsibility of enforcing and implementing the new healthcare reforms.
Under the Democrats’ health care proposals, the already powerful — and already feared — IRS would wield even more power and extend its reach even farther into the lives of ordinary Americans, and the presidentially-appointed head of the new health care bureaucracy would have access to confidential IRS information about millions of individual taxpayers.
Under the various proposals now on the table, the IRS would become the main agency for determining who has an “acceptable” health insurance plan; for finding and punishing those who don’t have such a plan; for subsidizing individual health insurance costs through the issuance of a tax credits; and for enforcing the rules on those who attempt to opt out, abuse, or game the system. A substantial portion of H.R. 3200, the House health care bill, is devoted to amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 in order to give the IRS the authority to perform these new duties.
The part of this that I find the most disturbing is this part of the above quote; “the IRS would become the main agency for determining who has an “acceptable” health insurance plan.”
It sure sounds as if healthcare coverage will be mandated to all Americans, and when you read the following about the IRS having the authority to punish those who they don’t deem to have “acceptable” coverage you should be just as disturbed as I am.
The Democrats’ plan would require all Americans to have “acceptable” insurance coverage (the legislation includes long and complex definitions of “acceptable”) and would designate the IRS as the agency charged with enforcing that requirement. On your yearly 1040 tax return, you would be required to attest that you have “acceptable” coverage. Of course, you might be lying, or simply confused about whether or not you are covered, so the IRS would need a way to check your claim for accuracy. Under current plans, insurers would be required to submit to the IRS something like the 1099 form in which taxpayers report outside income. The IRS would then check the information it receives from the insurers against what you have submitted on your tax form.
If it all matches up, you’re fine. If it doesn’t, you will hear from the IRS. And if you don’t have “acceptable” coverage, you will be subject to substantial fines — fines that will be administered by the IRS.
Health insurance will be required by the Untied States government, but not just any healthcare insurance. If you do not have insurance that the government approves of you will face penalties and fines. The government will grow exponentially under Barack Obama’s healthcare plan and there will be nothing that we can do to change that once this bill is signed into law. Just look at the lastest Xarelto class action lawsuits for examples of how expensive it might get. The time to act is now. We must defeat this legislation at all costs.
Big Brother is watching!