Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a post titled: “Welcome to the new Gulag, Comrade Citizen” that included this:
I’ve also said that Obamacare is the camel’s nose under the tent – that once the government takes responsibility for your health, they have a vested interest in controlling the factors that contribute to it. I was basically told by my opponents that I was insane, I was a crazycon, I just hated the poor, the sick and the old.
Well, lookie here at what is in the pages of the “we have to pass it to see what is in it” O-Care Act:
IRS officials on background tell FOX Business the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on health reform gives the IRS even more powers than previously understood.
The IRS now gets to know about a small business’s entire payroll, the level of their insurance coverage — and it gets to know the income of not just the primary breadwinner in your house, but your entire family’s income, in order to assess/collect the mandated tax.
Plus, it gets to share your personal info with all sorts of government agencies, insurance companies and employers.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. “We expect even more lien and levy powers,” an IRS official says. Even the Taxpayer Advocate is deeply concerned.
The IRS army will inexorably increase in size, too. The IRS will now add new agents to hunt down tax cheats, as it has been budgeted to spend $303.5 million building a new system, erected on the back of its old system, to oversee the effects of the health law, including making sure people get the new tax credits they deserve under the law.
As for the new IRS workers, the Government Accountability Office said the total will be about 4,500, with nearly 4,000 slated for enforcement.
Via Liz MacDonald at FOX Business here.
The “progressives” who tell any of us that O-Care “won’t do that” are liars. They are lying to us and to themselves because in a 2700 page bill that mandates agencies and boards that haven’t even been set up yet and administrative law that hasn’t been written, there is no way to know what the end effect will be…
I can’t even tell you, I’ll admit that – but we do have a historical model for what will happen.
There was once this modest little retirement plan that was conceived to provide a minimum level of support for people who had no investment plans – after the government mandated a retirement age.
Last year, that little “safety net” provided by the government (and its expansion into Medicare and Medicaid) accounted for 43% of the federal budget – roughly 1.56 billion dollars.
We also have this chart courtesy of the House Joint Economic Committee and ranking member, Sam Brownback:
Clear as mud? This is going to be great…
If the law stands, by 2017 this monster will consume the total resources of the federal government to such a degree that the “progressive” caucus will move to have it totally taken over by bureaucrats in Washington as a “cost management” effort and we will at last reach the original objective of this whole process: government controlled, single payer healthcare – and by 2025, all doctors will be employees of the federal state.
Perhaps the money isn’t even the most worrisome thing – the 4,000 “enforcement” agents are – these will 1) not be social workers – they are to be trained as IRS agents with the commensurate powers and 2) if you think that there will be only 4,000 of them, I own a bridge in Brooklyn that I would like to sell you. The original estimates at full implementation was 16,000 and that seems more likely.
Between the information systems that are required by the Act and the “enforcement agents”, Obama is creating the American version of the old East German secret police, the STASI.
Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.
Just a question – if O-Care is so great and wonderful, a veritable heaven on steroids and speed, and everybody will just love it – why are “enforcement agents” even needed? Won’t everybody just comply in this new “progressive” Utopia?