• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • The Tax Man Cometh...To Make Sure You've Got Health Insurance

    Byron York gets this scoop in the Washington Examiner today:

     …if the plan envisioned by President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats is enacted, the primary federal bureaucracy responsible for implementing and enforcing national health care will be an old and familiar one: the Internal Revenue Service. Under the Democrats’ health care proposals, the already powerful — and already feared — IRS would wield even more power and extend its reach even farther into the lives of ordinary Americans, and the presidentially-appointed head of the new health care bureaucracy would have access to confidential IRS information about millions of individual taxpayers.

    In short, health care reform, as currently envisioned by Democratic leaders, would be built on the foundation of an expanded and more intrusive IRS….

    …Under the various proposals now on the table, the IRS would become the main agency for determining who has an “acceptable” health insurance plan; for finding and punishing those who don’t have such a plan; for subsidizing individual health insurance costs through the issuance of a tax credits; and for enforcing the rules on those who attempt to opt out, abuse, or game the system. A substantial portion of H.R. 3200, the House health care bill, is devoted to amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 in order to give the IRS the authority to perform these new duties.

    The Democrats’ plan would require all Americans to have “acceptable” insurance coverage (the legislation includes long and complex definitions of “acceptable”) and would designate the IRS as the agency charged with enforcing that requirement. On your yearly 1040 tax return, you would be required to attest that you have “acceptable” coverage. Of course, you might be lying, or simply confused about whether or not you are covered, so the IRS would need a way to check your claim for accuracy. Under current plans, insurers would be required to submit to the IRS something like the 1099 form in which taxpayers report outside income. The IRS would then check the information it receives from the insurers against what you have submitted on your tax form.

    If it all matches up, you’re fine. If it doesn’t, you will hear from the IRS. And if you don’t have “acceptable” coverage, you will be subject to substantial fines — fines that will be administered by the IRS.

     

    Posted in Obamacare [slideshow_deploy]

    15 Responses to The Tax Man Cometh...To Make Sure You've Got Health Insurance

    1. CARL DAVIS --BISHOP, says:

      Do you get the feeling that the majority voted (2008) for a dictator (for life?)aided and abetted by the super arrogant elected politicians (both parties?)

      First Lady remarked at a recent fund raiser "It's our turn now and we're gonn'a get even"

      If President Osambo launches his 'Martial law' agenda under the guise of protecting us from the swine flu—consider the Constitution of no consquence whatever—it's over!

    2. CARL DAVIS --BISHOP, says:

      WHERE DO I GO TO READ THE 'CURRENTLY MODERATED' COMMENT?

    3. Pingback: The Foundry

    4. mark elder says:

      Just focus and get ready unless God smiles down on America soon all I can say is Civil war is coming. Be angry and take what they give you or stand up and fight like hell they are not going to stop until we are all slaves!

    5. Bette, Bridgewater, says:

      God will not smile on us until we stop murdering the unborn and plotting on how to get rid of senior citizens. No good can come from evil…..

    6. nick, los angeles says:

      To everyone who voted for the socialist would be dictator b.hussein, you are getting what you deserve. To those who didn't, we deserve better. And we're going to have to fight for that.

    7. John Roane Sarasota says:

      You all voted for it Toyota!

    8. M. Le Beau, Michigan says:

      Don't listen to what he says, but, watch what he does. It's all about control over every aspect of our lives. Pure and simple. The Health Care Reform is all about control. They could fix whats broken and keep whats working, but they choose not to. Its extortion. No other way to describe it. No body has the power to make us buy something we dont want. He is trying to kill our constitution. The same constitution he swore and oath to uphold and protect !!!!

    9. Georgina, in Wa. Sta says:

      "That which governs least- governs best". Let's not give

      our collective & disinterested power to those who try hard to convince us that they know best. They simply do not! Please speak up people and let your voice be heard on this

      historic milestone in (our) US Freedom!

    10. Georgina, in Wa. Sta says:

      By my remarks, I mean that 'we the people' should have a

      voice in our ability to disagree with Obama's blind

      force against our freedom of choice in how our healthcare is managed, delivered and ultimately chosen.

    11. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      The tax man may cometh, but if you have no money to giveth, he shouldn't have come in the first place!

      Hozro

    12. Georga, Rio Rancho, says:

      "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to

      take away everything you have" Thomas Jefferson

    13. S Barringer, Lansing says:

      "for subsidizing individual health insurance costs through the issuance of a tax credits;…" ROFL! Hey, the kid working at McD's making minimum wage, living in a low-income housing complex, walking, riding a bike, or bussing to work, and also supporting 5 or 6 relatives that live with him/her and doesn't have two dimes to rub together is not going to be able to use "tax credits"! Do these people in D.C. live in the same reality as the rest of us?

      And "enforcing the rules on those who attempt to opt out, abuse, or game the system." Enforcing the rules…What does that mean? Going to jail? Garnishing their wages? When you haven't got the money, opting out is your only option. They are going to squeeze people until they force them to rebel–out of self-preservation. They want to start a war with us, the American citizens. That's my conclusion.

    14. Pingback: The Tax Man Cometh…to make sure you have Health Insurance

    15. Pingback: The Tax Man Cometh…to make sure you have Health Insurance « John Rysavy for Congress

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×