Even as the Obama administration’s public relations operation scrambles to say that Obamacare is not a tax, it is quietly ramping up the number of IRS agents to handle the burden of enforcing the law’s penalties.
The IRS plans to hire some 16,500 tax enforcers in the coming months to meet the burden of enforcing Obamacare even though the president and his defenders say that only 1 percent of Americans will be affected by the law’s penalties, according to Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, who serves as vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation.
“When most people think of health care reform they think of more doctors exams, not more IRS exams,” Brady was quoted by Infowars.com as having said. “Isn’t the federal government already intruding enough into our lives? We need thousands of new doctors and nurses in America, not thousands more IRS agents.”
In two and a half years Americans will need to start providing proof on their taxes that they have health insurance will be required to pay a penalty on their taxes unless they are exempt because of low income, religious beliefs or belong to a registered Indian tribe.
Once the penalty is phased in come 2016, it will equal $695 for each uninsured individual or 2.5 percent of family income, whichever is greater.
House Republicans have vowed to block funds from being spent by the IRS to enforce the law .