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Health Care Gives More Power to IRS

Yesterday, we growled about some “tax nasties” that are “in the health-care bill voted on by the House Ways and Means Committee," citing an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

Byron York, writing in today’s Washington Examiner, points out that “health care reform means more power to the IRS." Here’s the substance of what health care would be come if the House gets its way:

“In short, health care reform, as currently envisioned by Democratic leaders, would be built on the foundation of an expanded and more intrusive IRS.

“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.”

He identifies three reasons to worry:

  • Can the IRS “handle the new demand?"
  • Will IRS have the resources to handle the "anticipated abuse of the system?"
  • "Should the IRS be involved in health care enforcement in the first place?"

York closes with this advice: “before Congress makes any decision on national health care, voters should know just what it will involve.”


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