July 3, 2012
Rep. Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican, warns that the IRS will hire up to 16,500 new enforcers in the coming months to go after citizens who do not pay the new Obamacare tax. The expansion is said to include criminal investigators who “make cases” in order to levy penalties on scofflaws.
Brady cites a recent analysis by the Joint Economic Committee and staff at the House Ways and Means Committee. The report says the IRS will need a fresh crop of agents to examine and audit tax information mandated by Obama’s misnamed Affordable Care Act.
In January of 2011, Rep. Michele Bachmann claimed the IRS planned to hire 16,500 IRS agents to police Obamacare compliance. CNN reported at the time that the number cited by the Minnesota Congresswoman originated in a GOP committee report, based on a preliminary estimate from the Congressional Budget Office.
“When most people think of health care reform they think of more doctors exams, not more IRS exams,” Brady said. “Isn’t the federal government already intruding enough into our lives? We need thousands of new doctors and nurses in America, not thousands more IRS agents.”
Jim Kouri writes that nearly two dozen new tax increases will be levied under Obamacare, many of them hidden from the American people. Kouri also notes that compliance will add to the legendary annual headache Americans suffer every April 15. “In addition to more complicated tax returns, families and small businesses will be forced to reveal further tax information to the IRS, provide proof of government approved health care and submit detailed sales information to comply with new excise taxes,” Kouri writes.
Characterizing Obamacare as a tax under the purview of the IRS is not mistake. The near mythical authoritarian power of the IRS will be used to make sure Americans do not challenge Obamacare and unquestioningly submit to its unprecedented intrusion.
“To even mention the name of this government institution can trigger waves of anxiety and stories of abuse and persecution that is unheard of for almost any other governmental body within this country,” writes Stock City News.
According to the noted polling service Rasmussen Reports, 43% of Americans fear the IRS more than the TSA. Only 20% feared the TSA more.
According to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, however, the Obamacare mandate is not a tax, although she told CNN the IRS would be the most effective enforcer.
“This is a penalty that will be assessed on the tax return if you choose to roll the dice and make us all pay for your being irresponsible and increase all of our health care costs,” she told Wolf Blitzer. “We’re not going to tolerate that any more in America. You have to be responsible and you have to pay a penalty if you choose not to be,” she warned.
Wasserman Schultz’s warning of IRS agents pursuing penalties is at odds with claims made by supporters of the legislation. For instance, in 2010, the Soros-funded disinformation project Think Progress claimed Republicans were fear-mongering the IRS aspect of the mandate. The website posted the video below. It shows IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman testifying before a House Ways and Means Committee hearing.
Shulman said the agency “won’t look behind” the “simple form” every American taxpayer will be required to submit in order to prove he or she has mandatory health insurance. This appears to be at odds with Wasserman Schultz’s comments about enforcement.