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Friday, March 19, 2010

Democrats Looking to Expand Reach and Power of the IRS through ObamaCare

The Hill is reporting that passage of ObamaCare would result in an increase in the power of the IRS. Democrats have included a provision in the bill that will probably be voted on Sunday, that would use the IRS to enforce the provision that requires people to purchase Health Insurance. The IRS would do the checking on Americans, and would reportedly be the entity to levy fines and collect those fines:

House Ways and Means Republicans on Thursday assailed a provision in the proposed health care reform bill under consideration this week.

Subcommittee on Oversight ranking member Charles Boustany (R-La.) said the IRS provision in the bill "dangerously expands, in an ominous way the tentacles of the IRS and it's reach into every American family," he said today during a press conference.

"This is a vast expanse of power," he said.

Boustany said the bill would allow the IRS to confiscate refunds if there are penalties for not buying health care.

Lawmakers have questioned whether the IRS can handle the increased workload to oversee, administer and collect penalties for people who don't buy health insurance. . . MORE


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