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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., probably summarized what Americans are facing with the Obama administration’s “marriage” of the Internal Revenue Service and its vast powers to punish people over their ideology to the soon-to-be-fully implemented Obamacare that essentially will determine who lives how long through its mandates and payment priorities:
“This is nuts.”
McConnell was recently addressing the storm cloud looming on the horizon over the Obama administration’s strategy that the tax-collecting arm of Uncle Sam be given the authority over people’s health care, too.
“The IRS is in charge of administering some of the most important elements of Obamacare. And, for many Americans, that’s going to mean submitting to probing questions about their health insurance,” McConnell said in a floor speech Thursday.
He pointed out that the law allows the agency itself to define what it means to not comply with its demands.
And that’s an agency that over the past week has been in the spotlight because of its own admissions that it used its vast and sweeping power to illegally target those with ideologies that disagreed with Obama’s.
But what will happen when the IRS not only is tied to your bank accounts and checkbook, but your medical records, prescriptions and doctors?
“When people realize that their most personal, sensitive, intimate, private health-care information is in the hands of the IRS that’s been willing to use people’s tax information against political opponents of this administration, then people have pause and they pull back in horror,” said U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.
She was horrified by the blatant use of raw governmental power against conservatives by the IRS under Obama.
“The IRS couldn’t do enough to part the waters to make sure that every progressive, left-wing leaning organization got their new tax-exempt status,” she said. “So they were able to get a favorable tax treatment, while Christians, pro-Israel, conservative, tea partiers, pro-growth, pro-job, pro-business, they were hurt.”
At the Washington Post, Michael Gerson was putting into words some of America’s fears.
“Let us stipulate that now might not be the best time – with IRS officials exposed for abusing power, caught in self-serving deceptions, invoking their constitutional right against self-incrimination – to dramatically expand the authority and size of their agency,” he wrote. “But this is what Obamacare requires.”
He said, “The largest tax law and social policy change in a generation will be imposed on a skeptical public by a government agency whose credibility is in ruins.”
He said the Obamacare law is “shoddy,” and its foundation is a “flimsy bureaucratic excuse.” And, the IRS is a “discredited mess.”
In an ABC report, Bachmann said it’s just that the Obama administration is using the power of the government to advance a political agenda.
Last week she said the best response is to repeal it, and she worked with other House members to take that vote. She said now it’s up to the Senate, and its chief, Obama advocate Harry Reid, to make sure that Americans are protected from the further abuse from the agency that already has established its willingness to violate constitutional rights.
For anyone who still thinks that the implementation of Obamacare’s requirements by the IRS will go smoothly for Americans, the IRS already has created eight offices with special “teams” to make sure the government’s will is done.
Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner said the IRS is filling the eight Obamacare offices with 2,137 agents and officials to make sure citizens and companies comply – or pay a penalty.
Wynton Hall, wrting at Breitbart, noted there’s a developing attempt to separate the IRS from Obamacare.
“House and Senate Republicans have introduced bills to stop IRS involvement in implementing Obamacare,” he said.
Sen. John Corynyn, R-Texas, promoted “Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013” in the Senate and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., carried it in the House.
Cornyn said, “The official who oversaw the targeting of tea party groups is now in charge of implementing Obamacare at the IRS. Now more than ever, we need to prevent the IRS from having any role in Americans’ health care.”
The biggest changes in the health care are set to being over the time period of the next 10-12 months. And so far, Democrats in Congress have worked with Obama to make sure that the Big Brother agent looking over your income, savings, expenses, taxes and cash also will be looking over your health insurance provisions, requirements, allowances, deductibles and coverages.
A McClatchy report from Kevin G. Hall and David Lightman pinpointed the concern.
“The scandal over how the IRS granted tax-exempt status … has dented the perception that the agency operates as a neutral, nonpartisan player.”
“Are they competent to do it? Are they trustworthy enough?” Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., openly wondered.