GOP Files Bills Limiting IRS Oversight of ObamaCare
In the wake of IRS admission that it targeted tea party and conservative organizations, Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to block the agency from implementing ObamaCare. Under current law, the IRS is tasked with collecting billions in new taxes, designing rules for subsidies and tax credits and enforcing the individual mandate. The new legislation would block what one member described as IRS "bullying."
Legislation introduced by GA Rep. Tom Price would block the IRS from implementing or enforcing any part of the ObamaCare law. "When it comes to an individual's personal health care decisions, no American should be required to answer to the IRS — an agency that just forfeited its claim to a reputation of impartiality," Price told The Hill. "It has always been an untenable and unacceptable scenario, and we ought to take this common sense step to take the IRS out of healthcare.
Separate legislation filed by VA Rep. Randy Forbes would prevent the IRS from hiring the estimated 18,000 new agents it needs to enforce the health care law. "The IRS would be better to police its own than to police the millions of Americans who believe this healthcare law to be bad for their families and bad for our businesses," Forbes said. NV Sen. Dean Heller is working on similar legislation in the Senate.
The unfolding IRS scandal shows an agency taken over with a political agenda. The repercussions of IRS action in these events was somewhat limited, though, because it only impacted organizations seeking non-profit, tax-exempt status. Unless current law is changed, the agency will have greater powers over the lives of every American. Under this Administration, the IRS can't be trusted to keep political calculations out of their work. So, it should be kept out of ours.