As the health-care debate enters its final hours, the biggest specter for House Democrats may not be Nancy Pelosi, but the Internal Revenue Service.
GOP leaders tell National Review Online that they’ll spend the next few days hammering on-the-fence Democrats for supporting, via the health-care bill, new funds and responsibilities for the much-despised IRS.
“One of the things Democratic members of the House, particularly those in moderate districts who are on the fence about voting for the health care bill, haven’t thought through is the massive expansion of the IRS in the Democrats’ health care bill,” says a House GOP aide.
“Do they really think the American people are going to like a bill giving more power and money to agency as unpopular as the IRS?
This is something that you will definitely hear House Republicans talk more about going forward.”
Press conferences are already scheduled on the topic for later today.
According to the House GOP’s analysis of CBO scores, Obamacare will dole out as much as $10 billion, or about $1 billion per year, to the IRS: New revenue is needed so the IRS can implement the new policies established by the bill and to carry out new responsibilities, including enforcing the individual mandate by reviewing insurance policies held by Americans, employer penalties and other new taxes.
The IRS will have lots to do to implement and enforce the new taxes and mandates included in the bill.
In fact, the Senate Democrats’ bill references or amends the Internal Revenue Code 180 times.
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