Putting the IRS in charge or Obamacare seems like a mistake of epic proportions, especially with the recent knowledge that the IRS has been harassing Tea Party groups, pro-constitution groups, pro-life organizations, Pro-Israel, and religious institutions.
I foresee the following happening.
Patient to Obamacare IRS office: I need medical attention.
Obamacare IRS office: Yes, I can help you with that. I just need you to fill out these forms.
Patient: Holy crap, I’m going to need treatment for carpal tunnel too after filling these out.
IRS office: You’ll need to fill out a different set of forms for those, let me get those for you. *hands patient a stack of paperwork twice the size of the first one*
Patient: *begins filling out paperwork* Hey, why do you need to know what political party I’m registered too? AND who I voted for last election?
IRS office: It’s standard procedure.
Patient: Okay…wait, you need to know what books I’ve read in the last year?!
IRS: With a summary of the content as well, yes.
Patient: You want a book report?
Patient: -Procedure, I know. Hey, you can’t ask me if I own guns. That has nothing to do with my medical needs.
IRS: We can ask anything we want and you’ll answer if you want those braces for your kid.
Patient: What? That’s ridiculous and why do you want the logins for all my email addresses?
IRS: And websites, if you have any. Also any dates and times of future family reunions and copies of any family newsletters/Christmas cards you send out.
Patient: That’s a violation of my privacy!
IRS: Standard procedure.
Patient: But why does any of this matter to you? I’m just trying to go to the doctor!
IRS: Well we have to make sure you deserve to go, we can’t just let anyone get treatment.
Patient: Screw this, I’m going to go pay for my own healthcare. I don’t need insurance.
IRS: Okay, that’ll be $695 –
Patient: That’s outrageous, you didn’t do anything for me. Why should I pay you?
IRS: A year. Hey, we could always put you in prison for tax evasion, remember Al Capone?
I know what you’re saying in response to this, you’re saying “but that was just a couple of low level employees in a Cincinnati office doing that.” You would be wrong of course.
First, their were letters sent to organizations being harassed that came from Washington DC and two Californian IRS satellite offices. I’m sure Cincinnati routes their mail through other offices all the time though right?
First of all, if it was just a couple of low level employees at one office, why did the acting director of the IRS resign over it?
Oh and then there is this little gem of information:
The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.
Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and isnow the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.
But surely she wasn’t being told to do this, she was definitely working alone and wasn’t being told to do this by anyone.
What else started in 2009 I wonder? Oh yeah, a surge in Tea Party activity that was working to get new conservative voices into Congress and block the, wait for it, …..the healthcare bill. The healthcare bill that Ingram is now in charge of enforcing.
Anyone else smelling something rotten in Denmark (more like DC actually) because I’m getting nauseous from the smell of all this bullshit.
Luckily this abuse of power from an organization that is quite possibly giving out bonuses for people that target people who voice dissent about the current administration and is supposed to fairly and equitably enforce Obamacare legislation (yeah, sure, that’s gonna happen) is being noticed and appropriately pointed out in Congress.
The U.S. House voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Thursday night, its 37th vote to defund or dismantle the law, or portions of it, since Republicans took control of the House in 2011.
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann sponsored the legislation this time around, the first time one of her ACA (“Obamacare”) repeal bills has seen floor action, though she has co-sponsored several others. Her argument against the law had a new angle to it this week: In the wake of the Internal Revenue Service’s admission that it had targeted conservative political groups’ tax-exempt status applications, the American people shouldn’t give the agency more power, she said (the IRS issues health care subsidies and imposes penalties under the law).
“Could there potentially be political implications regarding health care — access to health care, denial of health care — will that happen based upon a person’s political beliefs or their religiously-held beliefs?” she said at a press conference Thursday morning. “These questions would have been considered out of bounds a week ago, but today these questions are considered more than reasonable and more than fair for the American people.”
– MinnPost (emphasis added)
Cross posted from my blog.