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AMAC: The IRS Scandal Undermines the Implementation of Obamacare

dan-weberThe admitted misconduct begs the question: Do we want the IRS to be in control of our medical histories? –

BOHEMIA, NY, May17 – The IRS already has the power to intrude into the personal lives of every American, and its ability to do so going forward will be significantly enhanced by the implementation of Obamacare this year and next, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

“The law gives the Internal Revenue Service new, unfettered access to sensitive medical records.  It’s a pretty scary thought considering the revelations of misconduct.  You’ve got to ask yourself this question: Do we want the IRS to be in control of our medical histories?”

The IRS plays a key role in the operations of Obamacare.  It is responsible for managing the law’s financial provisions, including tax credits and tax increases, and for making sure that employers, employees and all Americans are in compliance with the law’s provisions by collecting specific data regarding medical coverage.

“But, if the Affordable Care Act was a train-wreck in the making, as Democratic Senator Max Baucus called it before the IRS scandal broke this week, it is now revealed that the  legislation, in fact, may contain the seeds of its self-destruction,” Weber said.

“The scandal,” he added, “has fired up lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.  Perhaps they will get mad enough to do something to thwart the agency’s ability to provide oversight and enforcement of Obamacare.”

There is agreement among some observers that the IRS does not have enough of a budget to take on what they call “the gargantuan task” of administering Obamacare and, they say, the latest discovery of misconduct is not likely to win them any new friends in Congress.  Thus, the Internal Revenue Service’s budget deficiencies will hamper, if not prevent the IRS from adequately fulfilling its critical role under Obamacare, particularly if the agency cannot get the levels of funding it needs.

Floyd Williams, a former legislative affairs director for the IRS who is now with a private Washington public policy strategies firm told the online news service, The Fiscal Times, that “when people look at funding the IRS they’re going to take into account everything that’s out there.”  He added that “it’s no secret some in Congress have been trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, let alone limit IRS funding for enforcement.”  And, he pointed out, that the “IRS has already suffered the past three years with a status quo budget, which basically is a reduction, especially if you look at people who retired and haven’t been able to be replaced. Now, you have sequestration coming up. All of that added together spells trouble for the IRS and tax law enforcement.”

In other words, the scandal could derail the Affordable Care Act, Weber noted, adding that it has “enhanced” mistrust of the agency among lawmakers who feel it should not be the sole repository of an individual’s most important information—one’s financial condition and one’s medical condition.

“The IRS admittedly used its authority to target Conservative organizations.  It was a blatantly partisan breach of faith and, hopefully, upcoming Congressional hearings will uncover just how high up in the hierarchies of the agency and the Obama administration the conspiracy originated,” Weber said.  “If we were skeptical about the ability of government bureaucrats to keep the faith with the tax-paying public before the IRS confessed to its corruption, how much more distrustful are we now as the agency gets ready to administer the rules and regulations of Obamacare.”

Weber concluded: “To paraphrase Ben Franklin, nothing in this life is certain except death and taxes.  The Internal Revenue Service has always controlled how and when we pay taxes and now, under Obamacare, it would have the power to oversee the ways and means we deal with the task of avoiding death.”

 

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Editors/reporters may contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or jpgrimaldi@verizon.net to set up a call.

 

ABOUT AMAC

The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.

 

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J Williams

It’s time to stop talking and time for Congress and the American citizens to take action. 1. Send all illegal immigrants home and lazy Americans start doing their own work regardless what the job is and there will not be any unemployment, no need for welfare, food stamps, free phones and Obamacare—If you don’t work, you don’t get. 2. Get rid of the IRS, they are illegal. Pass a flat tax, then everyone pays their fair share. God only ask for ten per cent. Why should the government get more? 3. The Federal Budget should always be balanced. You can’t spend money you don’t have. I can’t so how can the government? 4. All government offices should have term limits. When elected and appointed members have been in their positions too long, they forget they are there to represent the people, they get power hungry and greedy and start representing… Read more »

Todd Paulus

The Afordable Care Act includes funds for the IRS to hire an additional 16,000 people to manage the enforcement of the law. In my opinion the only reason that the IRS was orchestrated to ‘leak’ this info and ‘apologize’ for the ‘mistakes’ is to scare all Conservative contributors away. This is about keeping people from contributing to the 2014 campaign. The only real solution, unfortunately, is to get rid of the Liberal Progressives in the gov’t. Obama is just one of them, and would have little impact if we were to successfully get rid of him. The Liberal mindset is heavily embedded throughout the gov’t. These Liberals don’t need specific orders to know what their Liberal leaders want them to do.

John D Pierce

It is ironic – I find myself being audited for the first time in some 40 years of filing taxes and virtually have the same information that I have had for the last couple of years – but the only difference is that I have been more active with Tea Party websites and activities(mostly phone calls) this last year. Odd coincidence ???

Sharon Minton

One other thought about abolishing the IRS. What happens to all the ammunition which the Feds have purchased for the IRS to enforce its patroling the provisions of Obamacare?

Lynn Mohr

About your member poll, I had to really think, think, think, before I could answer. All three events are tragic, but after much soul searching I chose number three. I will explain. Benghazi was and will remain in the hearts and minds of Americans forever. It was another 9-11, only this time NOTHING was done to help these brave Americans who reached out for help from their Government! The IRS invasion and targeting of peoples who do not agree with the Administration is another in a series of dishonest moves the White House has made. However, spying on the press is not just spying on the press, it is a violation of our CONSTITUTION! We are granted freedom of speech and freedom of the press by our Constitution. And for my money, any persons or group of peoples who infringe upon that right, should be sought out, tried and punished… Read more »

kris Littlefield

I just watched a video about the IRS. In 1894 the Supreme Court ruled income tax unconstitutional and in 1913 they did not authorize income tax. I don’t know where the IRS got their power but it wasn’t from the law. The IRS has got to go. Did you know that all the money you pay in income tax goes to pay the debt to the Federal Reserve? There is no law on the books regarding taxes on wages. Our Constitution gives our Congress the power to print our money from our treasury. We don’t need the Federal Reserve. For all of you who don’t know, the bankers are controlling our government and not even our government knows who all these people are. Getting rid of the IRS and the Federal Reserve should be our top priorities in the next election.

BoJud

First, since the IRS is a 3rd Party Debt Collector and in no way a part of the U.S. Government, why is it they aren’t just removed and treated like any other company whose actions are reprehensable. I believe there are provisions specifically aimed at third party debt collectors. Why is that not the case here? I ask those who take issue regarding the removal of Obamacare altogether, are you willing to pay more for less? Has your current insurance company raised the price of your insurance? Can you get the same quality care you have enjoyed up to now? Have you actually read the ObamaCare information. Do you know what’s in it, or do you trust the IRS to do the job for you? Do you trust your Congress to do it for you? If you didn’t already know it, they never read it before voting on it. Thank… Read more »

Don

I wouldn’t trust this government with a bucket of water.

Arthur

The IRS has been used as a political weapon by every president as well as congress since it came into existence. Anyone who doesn’t know that is either naive or ignorant or both. The purpose of this corrupt agency has nothing to do with money. It’s about CONTROL, plain and simple. There will be endless hearings and grandstanding politicians promising to get to the root of the problem and fix them, but in the end absolutely nothing will change and it will be business as usual. Remember “Fast and Furious”?

Timothy Farrell

I have a question. Yesterday one commentator (I’ve forgotten who) said that the IRS would only get info on whether or not we meet health insurance criteria (i.e. enrollment in so-called approved plans) and NOT HAVE ACCESS TO MEDICAL RECORDS. Which is true?

ONTIME

Never in our history has the blatant misuse of the rule of law been so exemplified, this administration has totally violated the 1st amendment, is trying desperately to banish the 2nd and now has openly violated the privacy we receive from the 4th amendment….Because I support this US Constitution I believe that the right to carry is prolife and that without the 2nd amendment there can be no sovereignty, freedom of speech or privacy. I know for certain we need to use the guidelines of the Declaration of Independence to repair, reform and maintain this government for this Republic. I am convinced we need a national sales tax, to remove the progressive tax and eliminate the IRS, this will give us a budget , stop tax discrimination, class warfare and by putting it on the national ballot every ten years tax control for spending. It removes the lefts most vital… Read more »

Vaclav James Solfronk

I agree, abolish the IRS and pass a flattax Immediately!!!!!!

Our Country can no longer afford Obama and his Administration!

Jim

It’s my understanding that we all must file some type of Obamacare-related form with our tax returns next year. If my understanding is correct, it would seem that we will at that point unleash the beasts, both Obamacare itself as well as its enforcer, the IRS (a latter-day Sheriff of Nottingham?). The proverbial Genie will be out of the bottle, and with government, it’s always hard to put the Genie back where it belongs. So, what happens if we “just say no?” I presume there would be some sort of penalty they would attempt to impose, but could they get away with it if millions engaged in a little civil disobedience?

LeRoy

The Fair Tax would be the only way to eliminate the IRS as they would not be needed anymore. Most states already have it set up for collecting sales tax and could collect it for the Feds. They could keep what they the federal government sends back to them now for the various programs rather than having the federal government have it first and then send it back. Just think of all the money that would be saved as they could do away with 50% or more of the federal jobs.

Shan

If the IRS which is supposed to operate with ethics and integrity, and which should be impartial, but which instead is used as a potent tool to intimidate and gut the political opponents with dire financial implications and all to the benefit of the President and his party…well then common senses would dictate the IRS should not be given additional responsibilities particularly that of having a major role in Obamacare. And it’s now coming out that the Dept of Labor also was used to target and harass Melaleuca after their CEO made a generous and legal campaign donation. The Dept of Labors efforts were done in tandem with 3 Audits by The IRS. So it’s not just one govt agency involved in targeting and intimidating Conservative groups. . Furthermore the results of the IRS actions etc is meant to send a message….as in this is what we do to those… Read more »

DrJCA1

By sticking with the flamers on our right, we conservatives have given away the farm to the liberals and their insane agenda. Most normal folks in America are far more concerned about jobs, the economy, their children’s future, and the cost of everyday items needed for survival than they are the holier-than-thou issues of abortion, birth control, and gay rights. Sadly our far right fools have taken over the party, just as the far left have taken over the Democratic one. What we are left with is a nation so divided that we will never fix anything. Come 2014 & 2016, if we do not dump the people who insist on “my way or the highway”, we will lose elections again and again. What we need in the Republican Party are many more centrist right thinkers and folks with the ability and intelligence to cooperate, compromise, and use common sense… Read more »

Jim J

I don’t see any connection what so ever between the IRS “scandal??” and Obamacare.

I suppose next you will be saying the sunset will undermine Obamacare.

Or maybe the rain

Or maybe the lack of rain

Or maybe the air

Or the dirt

Or maybe God himself

GIVE IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Justanoldretread

I became aware of the ‘Fair Tax’ proposal about 1-2 years ago. I truly believe that this is the best approach. It eliminates the IRS department. It is a well thought out plan that somewhat resembles a sales tax in that it is paid whenever you purchase something. Thus, there are no forms to fill out. The amount of tax you pay will be based on how much you buy.

Nancy

At this point in time, I am willing to support just about any tax plan that will abolish the IRS. Get rid of it now!

Gus Espino

It’s my understanding that HHS will administer the PPACA – Obamacare – and the IRS will collect the tax from those who do not join Obamacare. Am I wrong?