Yes. Or maybe they can at least buy us all dinner first!
On the heels of the decision that the Obamacare mandate is really a “tax,” Twitter users wonder what this means: Will their doctors be replaced by Mr. Tax Man? Naturally, this tax that isn’t a tax according to the Obama administration (words are hard) conveniently already sparked the addition of thousands of IRS employees to the government payroll.
Again, Obamacare has budget for 16K new IRS agents to enforce the law and nobody thought it was a tax?!?
— D. Dextra (@DollyDextra) June 29, 2012
— david smith (@petlessons) June 29, 2012
Thousands of new IRS agents are getting their wings today
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 28, 2012
What will these new health care decision makers and enforcers do?
Will the IRS agents who come for your ObamaCare tax be wearing scrubs and masks? That would enhance their effectiveness, because creepy.
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 29, 2012
Super creepy! Kind of like the Stepford Doctors who were handed out lab coats in the Rose Garden. Welcome your new health care overlords.
After all, you don't want the IRS to come visiting, do you? MT @BarackObama: Say you're standing with President Obama on health care
— Rschrim (@Rschrim) June 29, 2012
— Michael (@pfloyd325) June 29, 2012
How will the IRS enforce this health insurance tax on people who currently don't file tax returns?
— Jim Jamitis (@anthropocon) June 29, 2012
4500 new IRS agents…….ready to hunt you down…confiscate your bank account put a lien on your property….if you don't buy Obamascam
— f396 (@f396) June 29, 2012
Will IRS agents get training in how to give vaccines? #ObamaTAX
— Legal Immigrant (@votermom) June 29, 2012
It's like a big hug, delivered by the IRS. RT @davidharsanyi: you mean shared responsibility payment penalty
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) June 29, 2012
So will the IRS agents be signing me in at my doctors office? Taking my medical insurance card, payments?
— Jerry (@Durango24k) June 29, 2012
Obamacare: Doctors don't make house calls anymore but IRS Agents can't wait to make a visit.
— Cynthia Heath (@CynthiaCHeath) June 29, 2012
More power for the ever-popular, and now medical expert, Internal Revenue Service?
Exclusive: IRS officials tell FBN the Supreme Court health-care ruling gives the IRS more power than initially thought. http://t.co/S3K7T9Gl
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) June 29, 2012
— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) June 29, 2012
Indeed, citizens of many Continental countries now have more – what’s the word? – liberty in matters of health care than Americans. That’s to say, they have genuinely universal government systems alongside genuinely private-system alternatives. Only in America does “health” “care” “reform” begin with the hiring of 16,500 new IRS agents tasked with determining whether your insurance policy merits a fine. It is the perverse genius of Obamacare that it will kill off what’s left of a truly private health sector without leading to a truly universal system. However, it will be catastrophically unaffordable, hideously bureaucratic, and ever more coercive. So what’s not to like?
To give Chief Justice Roberts’ argument more credit than it deserves, governments use taxes as a form of incentive. There is mortgage-tax relief because the state feels homeownership is generally a good thing. Conversely, not buying health insurance is a bad thing, so such antisocial behavior should be liable to a kind of antisocial tax. But, as presently constituted, the Supreme Court’s new “tax” is a steal – $695 is cheaper than most annual health insurance policies. Especially when, under Obamacare, you’re allowed to wait till you get ill to take out health insurance, and you can’t be turned down. Which is why the cost of insurance is already rising, and will rise higher still down the road.
Bingo. But, hey, “shovel-ready” jobs for IRS agents.
Obamacare creating jobs. IRS will hire 4000+ agents to enforce the dang thing. But don't worry folks that will only affect taxpayers
— tom bononno (@tomjbo) June 29, 2012
So we can't now have our own plans? What kind of Maddof scheme are the Feds making us buy? IRS penalizing for non payment or incorrect plan?
— Carmen G Pastor (@cgpb) June 29, 2012
“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” If the Tax Man says so, that is.
Fortunately for Obama, the IRS is really, really popular, so people will welcome its involvement in health insurance.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) June 28, 2012
So, there’s that. All hail unintended consequences?