Obamacare and the IRS: Together Forever – What’s Not To Like? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
May 16, 2013 - 11:05 am
A chilling fact, and one that EVERY American needs to be fully aware, is the IRS will have a major role in the implementation of Obamacare, officially known as Affordable Care Act. (ACA)
Now, in light of the current IRS scandal, the thought of the IRS legally wedded to the ACA should give every American serious heart burn.
Here is how The Blaze reported this issue on May 15th:
Stuart Varney appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss just how much the IRS will have control over with the complete implementation of the president’s health care overhaul. “The IRS will be the policing agent for Obamacare,” Varney said. “You’re going to have to, on your next tax return, you’re going to have to report to the IRS personal health care information…Do you trust the IRS with your personal health care information?”
Most Americans would answer, “Hell no” to that question.
However, the vast majority of Americans are unaware that the IRS is taking a lead role in implementing Obamacare — a program that is viewed favorably by only 35 percent of Americans.
Here is an explanation behind the Obamacare/IRS joint venture as reported by The Week:
When the Supreme Court upheld the ACA last year, it ruled that the law was constitutional because it used tax penalties and credits to make the new health care system work. The agency is in charge of implementing 47 tax provisions, including new taxes on medical devices and new subsidies for those who want to purchase coverage through health care exchanges set to debut later this year. The agency will also be tasked with ensuring that all Americans can prove they have “qualifying” coverage under the law.
Now one can only imagine the horrors awaiting all Americans when the IRS and the ACA join forces later this year.
But today, House Republicans are voting on what will only amount to a symbolic repeal of the ACA. Symbolic, because the bill will die in the Senate and the mainstream media will make light of the fact that the Republican controlled House is trying for the third time to repeal this unpopular bill since they took control in 2011.
Therefore, what I believe we have is a major communication problem.
Certainly, if all Americans knew of the forthcoming marriage between a mismanaged, scandal plagued IRS and the unpopular ACA program in control of one/sixth of the nation’s economy, than today’s House repeal vote might have a chance of making it to the floor of the Democrat controlled Senate.
Then numerous “red state” Democrat Senators up for reelection in 2014 would be forced to vote for or against the ACA. (Which is precisely why this kind of vote will not happen.)
All Americans must be made aware and Republicans must properly convey, just what is at stake when this unholy alliance between the IRS and the ACA is implemented.
To quote Newt Gingrich on MSNBC’s Morning Joe earlier this week, “Why would you trust the bureaucracy with your health if you can’t trust the bureaucracy with your politics?”
Watch for that question to be the bumper sticker issue of the 2014 midterm elections.