Explaining the Connection Between Obama's Health Care Law and the IRS



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Even before news organizations confirmed that Sarah Hall Ingram, who headed the tax-exempt division of the IRS, would lead agency’s implementation of the ACA, Republicans wasted no time trying to link the scandal to the law.

As the investigation into the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups begins, here’s an explainer to answer the role that the tax-collecting agency plays in the health care law’s implementation.

Q: What role will the IRS play in implementing the Affordable Care Act?

A: The short answer is: a substantial one. In his ruling on the constitutionality of Obama’s health care law, Chief Justice John Roberts that Congress can regulate health care under its ability to tax. That set up the agency to take a lead in implementing the law, along with the Health and Human Services Department. (The Labor Department will also play a role.) There are 47 tax provisions – including the small business health care credit and the medical device tax – that will go into effect. The agency will have to administer those provisions and collect taxes where they’re due.

The agency will also have to determine whether people qualify for a health insurance premium tax credit as part of the minimum coverage requirement. Americans will also have to report their insurance status on their taxes each year, and the agency will have to review that and collect a $95 penalty on those not carrying insurance.  Businesses will be required to provide health care to their employees or face a penalty if they do not. The agency will set these rules and collect the penalties when businesses aren’t in compliance.

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  • richars holmes

    It is time to destroy the corruption in this government

    • ErikOsbun

      richars holmes Good idea.  Do you have any ideas about how to go about that?

  • Hotnike

    Taxes and Healthcare hand in hand?  HUH?????

    • ErikOsbun

      Hotnike That’s the way it was designed.  Thus, Obamacare is NOT about health care.  It is about CONTROL and TAXATION, which means POWER as former Senator Jim DeMint has characterized Obamacare.

  • haditinsd

    It is a sad day when congress can dictate what an employer has to provide an employee in benefits. Health insurance always was a perk some employers offered in leiu of wages. How can it become a requirement?

    • ErikOsbun

      haditinsd I cannot figure that out either, assuming good intentions.  However, the Obama administration is replete with Communists, including Obama, and CONTROL is what they want.  They do NOT have good intentions.

  • ErikOsbun

    A: The short answer is: a substantial one. In his ruling on the
    constitutionality of Obama’s health care law, Chief Justice John Roberts
    that Congress can regulate health care under its ability to tax. That
    set up the agency to take a lead in implementing the law, along with the
    Health and Human Services Department. (The Labor Department will also
    play a role.) There are 47 tax provisions – including the small business
    health care credit and the medical device tax – that will go into
    effect. The agency will have to administer those provisions and collect
    taxes where they’re due.
    The agency will also have to determine whether people qualify for a http://bighealthreport.com/8243/explaining-the-connection-between-obamas-health-care-law-and-the-irs/#
    premium tax credit as part of the minimum coverage requirement.
    Americans will also have to report their insurance status on their taxes
    each year, and the agency will have to review that and collect a $95
    penalty on those not carrying insurance.  Businesses will be required to
    provide health care to their employees or face a penalty if they do
    not. The agency will set these rules and collect the penalties when
    businesses aren’t in compliance.
    [ In short, EVIL is here. ]