Obama Administration Diverts $500M to IRS to Implement His Healthcare Law

Monday, April 9, 2012

Of the many controversial aspects of President Obama’s new healthcare law, how the president plans to use the IRS as an implementation tool troubles many people the most.

While the president’s supporters of the Affordable Care Act say rumors surrounding how the IRS will be used to enforce the law are untrue, it appears the “rumors” are true after all. Prepare to buy a healthcare plan or you can expect the IRS will seize your Federal tax return.

From The Hill:

The Obama administration is quietly diverting roughly $500 million to the IRS to help implement the president’s healthcare law.

The money is only part of the IRS’s total implementation spending, and it is being provided outside the normal appropriations process. The tax agency is responsible for several key provisions of the new law, including the unpopular individual mandate.

Republican lawmakers have tried to cut off funding to implement the healthcare law, at least until after the Supreme Court decides whether to strike it down. That ruling is expected by June, 2012.

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee for healthcare said:

“While President Obama and his Senate allies continue to spend more tax dollars implementing an unpopular and unworkable law that may very well be struck down as unconstitutional in a matter of months, I’ll continue to stand with the American people who want to repeal this law and replace it with something that will actually address the cost of healthcare.”

The Obama administration has plowed ahead despite the legal challenges. It has moved aggressively to get important policies in place and, according to a review of budget documents and figures provided by congressional staff, the administration is also burning through implementation funding provided in the healthcare law.

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9 Responses to Obama Administration Diverts $500M to IRS to Implement His Healthcare Law

  1. DMason says:

    So what happens if you’re one of the millions of American wage earners who don’t get a return but owe the IRS and you fail to buy a healthcare plan? Do you get a bill in the mail or does the IRS plan to steal your dog or first born child?

  2. Mets Fan says:

    I wonder that too, David.

    Many people owe for whatever reason, so will the IRS come to your door at midnight with guns and demand a check for $750 to cover the cost of a plan? What if you refuse? Will the Stassi arrest you and haul you off to Affordable Healthcare Act jail?

  3. Pechanga says:

    I predict the mandate portion of Barry’s so-called “Affordable Healthcare Act” will be struck down by the Supremes.

    The High Court will do what the spineless Congress should’ve done in the first place. I may be wrong but this is what I predict will happen in June.

  4. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    What an utter mess. A 2,700 page bill few in congress bothered to read before voting for it.

    How much more simple and cost effective to just expand Medicare for all and close the 80/20 coverage gap? The Centers for Medicare Services is already in place and .94 cents of every dollar spent goes to patient care. Only .06 cents is administrative costs.

    I was initially very excited to see the bill pass. Ending discriminatory practices of higher premiums for Americans with pre-existing conditions is so important. But using the IRS to force the healthcare law down people’s throats is un-American and very disturbing.

  5. Randy Arroyo says:

    Using the IRS to enforce Obama’s healthcare act? I am not a constitutional scholar but this sure as hell sounds unconstitutional to me. Anyone more knowledgable about this sort of thing out who can weigh in the subject?

  6. onefly says:

    I will have to deal with that for one year until I turn 65 in early 015. If anyone takes any of the 14.4k I will be getting from SS in 014 this guy is really going to be pissed fucking off.

    This bill is a disaster. and the dims say it’s good and it’s the first step to better things.

    My ass it is and it never will be.

  7. Peace Nick says:

    Single Payer would have simplified the goal of covering every American and avoided the current case before the US Supreme Court. Too bad Obama let 200 health insurance CEOs lead him around the Whire House by the gonads.

    Can’t wait for the June SCOTUS decision.

  8. Vivzz says:

    Other nations with far less wealth than the United States provide their citizens with health coverage and without the controversy. Perhaps the United States should stop worrying about exceptionalism and simply do what is right and just for the people?

  9. Matteo says:

    The Washington Post reports the massive amount ObamaCare will add to the deficit.

    Healthcare Law Explodes Deficit

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/health-care-law-will-add-340-billion-to-deficit-new-study-finds/2012/04/09/gIQAti1o6S_story.html?hpid=z2

    President Obama’s landmark health-care initiative, long touted as a means to control costs, will actually add more than $340 billion to the nation’s budget woes over the next decade, according to a new study by a Republican member of the board that oversees Medicare financing.

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