The Wicked Witch of the Far Left is convinced that this time, she cannot be defeated. Obama's grand health care plan will become the rule of law, the IRS will be in charge of the whole shebang and maybe if they can carry a few zeroes Medicare will magically fill the giant unfunded liability hole that's been chewing at it like a cancer since the bureaucrats realized they could loot the pot and leave only IOUs.
We're not exactly doomed but might as well be. Good luck with your little scheme, Nancy, you'll need it.
First off, let's talk CBO numbers. They're made-up and the CBO admits as much. That's cool, we're used to made-up government numbers (case in point, the 537 bazillion jobs saved or created by ARRA) but if Obama's healthcare overhaul were, say, a publicly traded company I would advise its cheerleaders to carefully comb the prospectus before putting all their eggs in that basket. Or unzipping in the doctor's office.
Democrats began leaking preliminary Congressional Budget Office numbers yesterday in an effort to build some sort of momentum for their dead man walking health care bill. And the President has postponed his trip to Asia. Again. If President Obama’s appearance on Fox News last night wasn’t enough to convince you that Democrats still don’t have the votes to pass their government takeover of health care, the scandalization of the CBO office should do the trick.
The CBO was forced into releasing preliminary numbers yesterday when House leaders began making premature pronouncements. To its credit, the CBO did put this disclaimer on the front page of its preliminary report:
“Although CBO completed a preliminary review of legislative language prior to its release, the agency has not thoroughly examined the reconciliation proposal to verify its consistency with the previous draft; This estimate is therefore preliminary, pending a review of the language of the reconciliation proposal, as well as further review and refinement of the budgetary projections.”
Let's go back to the IRS thing.
Via Rep. Dave Camp's website (R-MI):
Today, Rep. Dave Camp and Ways and Means Republicans released a new report detailing how the Democrats’ health care bill vastly expands the responsibilities of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and strengthens the heavy hand of the IRS in dealing with taxpayers.
Highlights of report, which is entitled “The Wrong Prescription: Democrats’ Health Overhaul Dangerously Expands IRS Authority,” include:
* IRS agents verify if you have “acceptable” health care coverage;
* IRS has the authority to fine you up to $2,250 or 2 percent of your income (whichever is greater) for failure to prove that you have purchased “minimum essential coverage;”
* IRS can confiscate your tax refund;
* IRS audits are likely to increase;
* IRS will need up to $10 billion to administer the new health care program this decade;
* IRS may need to hire as many as 16,500 additional auditors, agents and other employees to investigate and collect billions in new taxes from Americans; and
* Nearly half of all these new individual mandate taxes will be paid by Americans earning less than 300 percent of poverty ($66,150 for a family of four.)
The Republicans noted that despite all these new mandates on Americans, the Democrats prohibit the IRS from imposing these same taxes and penalties on illegal immigrants.
Here's the full report.
Now why on Earth would the IRS be put in charge of this and more importantly why would we be required to pay in to fund the harassment?
Excellent plan, Obama, excellent plan. I'll take my chances with the native medicine of Nicaragua (Tylenol and antibiotics, in case you aren't hip) when I finally get smart, pack my shit, and jump my happy American ass the hell off this sinking ship. God Bless America!