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What does the IRS have to do with health care?

I heard yesterday on the news that $500 million has been appropriated to hire 4000 new Internal Revenue agents to implement the new health care bill. Why is this necessary? Does anybody get the connection? If so, please explain it to me.


Asked by NannyB. at 11:08 AM on Apr. 11, 2012 in Politics & Current Events

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  • They will be enforcing the mandate to purchase health insurance and collecting the tax for those who don't buy it. Theywill also be enforcing the Cadillac penalty and the requirements for businesses.

    You know, that fee that isn't a tax except when Obama wants to call it a tax. :)

    Answer by Mom2Just1Kiddo at 11:27 AM on Apr. 11, 2012

  • Since the penalty for not buying health insurance is a tax .... ehem, errrr a "penalty that is collected as a tax," then they need their "taxing police force" to enforce such a law.


    Answer by -Eilish- at 11:30 AM on Apr. 11, 2012

  • You know, that fee that isn't a tax except when Obama wants to call it a tax. :) Answer by Mom2Just1Kiddo

    LOL, or the talking heads that were defending it to the SCOTUS.  They couldn't decide if it was a tax or a fee.  How funny.

    For those that make enough money to not qualify for subsidies to purchase a plan, the IRS is there to make sure that you did purchase a plan and if you didn't they will deduct it from your returns.  If you do not do your withholdings so that you get a return (thus not providing an interest free loan to the govt. for several months per year), and you willfully refuse to purchase a plan, they will fine you additional $$ and if you still do not comply the bill states that you can be jailed.  Seems like you would be under duress to enter a contract under those conditions.  Hmmm.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 11:33 AM on Apr. 11, 2012

  • More wasteful spending?


    Answer by amazinggrace83 at 11:14 AM on Apr. 11, 2012

  • Why? Because Obama and Democrats think the IRS is so incredibly credible, efficient, and does such a great job, they deserve the authority to oversee an aspect of ObamaCare. Dare we discuss the other horrible policy decisions and costly choices Obama and Democrats have made.... More hope and change NO ONE should stand for.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:25 PM on Apr. 11, 2012

  • Should really make you think, huh?

    Answer by Dardenella at 3:14 PM on Apr. 11, 2012

  • NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:24 PM on Apr. 11, 2012