May 15, 2013
Greta Van Susteren reports today that Republican Rep. Randy Forbes of Virginia has introduced legislation to impose a hiring freeze on the federal taxation agency. The bill is aimed at preventing the feds from using the IRS to implement Obamacare.
Text from the legislation reads:
“A Bill to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from hiring new employees to enforce the federal government’s invasion into the healthcare lives of American citizens”… “This Act may be cited as the “Prevent IRS Overreach Act”….. “Prohibition on IRS from hiring new employees to enforce Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”…… “No position within the IRS may be filled, by transfer or any other appointment taking effect on or after the date of enactment of this Act, if the duties and responsibilities of such a position include the enforcement of any provision if, or amendment made by, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
On Tuesday, Nevada Senator Dean Heller said he would introduce legislation to suspend $440 million of IRS funding intended to help enforce Obamacare.
“With the recent events related to the Internal Revenue Service, I feel it is necessary that both Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services look closely at the money given to the IRS through the health care law,” Heller wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “I intend to introduce legislation this week to suspend IRS funding for new agents enforcing the health care law until Congress sees an improvement.”
Heller will go up against Senator Harry Reid. The Senate Majority Leader has promised to defuse all attempts by Republicans to derail implementation of Obamacare.
In June, the GAO estimated that the IRS would spend nearly $900 million in taxpayer money to implement the first four years of Obamacare. The Obama administration requested the $440 million targeted by Heller as part of its 2014 budget to gear up the IRS to facilitate implementation. By the end of this year, the IRS has estimated, it will need a total of 2,195 employees to work on Obamacare.
On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the so-called individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. “We do not consider whether the Act embodies sound policies. That judgment is entrusted to the Nation’s elected leaders. We ask only whether Congress has the power under the Constitution to enact the challenged provisions,” the Supremes wrote in their decision on the constitutionality of the legislation.