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.