Democratic Health Care Bill Divulges IRS Tax Data

Posted by Declan McCullagh (AP)
August 26, 2009 8:26 PM

One of the problems with any proposed law that’s over 1,000 pages long and constantly changing is that much deviltry can lie in the details. Take the Democrats’ proposal to rewrite health care policy, better known as H.R. 3200 or by opponents as “Obamacare.” (Here’s our CBS News television coverage.)

Section 431(a) of the bill says that the IRS must divulge taxpayer identity information, including the filing status, the modified adjusted gross income, the number of dependents, and “other information as is prescribed by” regulation. That information will be provided to the new Health Choices Commissioner and state health programs and used to determine who qualifies for “affordability credits.”

Section 245(b)(2)(A) says the IRS must divulge tax return details — there’s no specified limit on what’s available or unavailable — to the Health Choices Commissioner. The purpose, again, is to verify “affordability credits.”

Section 1801(a) says that the Social Security Administration can obtain tax return data on anyone who may be eligible for a “low-income prescription drug subsidy” but has not applied for it.

Over at the Institute for Policy Innovation (a free-market think tank and presumably no fan of Obamacare), Tom Giovanetti argues that: “How many thousands of federal employees will have access to your records? The privacy of your health records will be only as good as the most nosy, most dishonest and most malcontented federal employee.

So say good-bye to privacy from the federal government. It was fun while it lasted for 233 years.”

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9 Responses to “Democratic Health Care Bill Divulges IRS Tax Data”

  1. PATRIOT Says:

    I have been viewing the Glen Beck expose. I cannot believe that Fox News would stoop this low. This coverage is outright racism and possibly a charge of treason can be made. Beck has not verbally called for the overthrow of the Obama lead government nor has he called for a revolution. All he has done is spark enough hatred and vitriol towards a sitting President that some neo-con nut might pick up a weapon and cause harm to the President. No time in history has the press been such a purveyor of hate. It leads to the one and only conclussion one can make. It is due to The President being a Black Man. This is clear and convincing in there coverage.
    At the very least it has placed a greater divide between the races. The neo-cons started this hatred before Obama was even elected. They refuse to allow this genius of a man to get us out of the mess that the neo-cons placed us in.
    Obama told us throughout the campaign that he was going to transform the USA. He is merely doing what he promised. The term commie, socialist, facists and revolutionary must be the new code words for the “N” word.
    If Obama were to be assasinated it would be the start of a civil war in this country. There is no doubt about that. The blood of Americans would be clearly on the hands of the hate mongerers on the right. Our streets will run with the blood of the innocent. Worse yet is that your kind will not be very happy with the outcome. While y’all live in your lilly white towers we have been brought up on the streets with nothing. Y’all dont have the stomach for a fight…we be fighting our entire lives!!!! I know where my wager will. be!!!! Stop this madness now before it cannot be stopped.

  2. GregGully Says:

    I read this idiotic post over an hour ago. I went about my business and had no intention of answering you but I decided this has to be answered because anybody reading this blog cannot see such a frivolous argument left unchallenged.
    You are 100% correct when you continually talk about racism. Unfortunately the racism you speak of is on the black side of the ledger. President Obama was elected with 52% of the vote and blacks only account for 13% of the population. Therefore it is safe to conclude that white racism against blacks is dead. The dream of Martin Luther King has been realized. Unfortunately black people still look at the color of ones skin and not the content of ones character.
    I am sure there are some white racist still left out there but I am positive that there is more black racism today than anytime in our history. I have attended many functions with a mix of races and the black people ALWAYS go off with their own kind. A black person can generally walk in any area in America and not be concerned for their safety. A white person does not have the same liberty to do so in black neighborhoods. The statistics of black on white crime bear this fact out.
    I am sick and tired of the far left crying racism every time somebody disagrees with one of their positions. This is merely one of Allinsky’s ardent rules to further the agenda of a communist/socialist/revolutionary movement. Your kind like to make false charges of hate and or racism in an attempt to make the other side give up the fight.
    Another thing that is sickening is that your kind thinks that you are the only people too be brought up poor. The only people who have struggled to survive. There are millions of poor white people in this country. Only difference is that the poor white people don’t have any groups, eg NAACP, looking out for their interest. They don’t have education funds for just white poor people. They do not have affirmative action for white people. Talk about racism???!!!!
    The people against Obama are not against him because of the color of his skin. They are against him because of the content of his character. Obama is a revolutionary socialist. He has surrounded himself with revolutionaries his entire adult life. William Ayers, Rev Wright, Rev Flegher, Bernadine Dorn, Louis Farrakhan, Van Jones and Mark Lloyd just to name a few of the socialist, communist, fascist, anarchist and revolutionary friends of Obama. In fact many of these same America haters are advisers or CZARS bestowing their hate filled advice upon our President and his decisions. It is not because Obama is black. He was black when we elected him. It is because he is a SOCIALIST.
    Now as to your perceived threat of violence and innocent blood running through the streets. I will again remind you of a few numbers 74% of Americans are white, 13.4% are Black and 14.8% are hispanic. So maybe you should reconsider your wager. Peace my Brother!!

  3. wander-rant Says:

    Don’t ya’ just HATE it when a logical, factual argument undermines the baseless cries of racism?

    Life just isn’t fair, anymore……FOUL!!

  4. PATRIOT Says:

    You should change the name of this blog to “The Arian Post” I have never seen such blatant racism in my life. How could somebody named “Gully”, if thats a real name, be such a racist. Gully means getto or hardened by the ghetto in the African-American lingo.
    Wander-Rant where are the facts you speak of? I only see racism at its worst. I guess by your analogy Bush surrounded himself with thieves, fascists and idiots, Cheney, Halliburton, Ashcroft, Martinez, Black Water etc., so Bush must have been a thief, fascist and idiot.
    The government is here to provide for the people. The rich have made their wealth on the backs of the poor and middle class. Shouldn’t the rich have to pay their fair share so that the poor and middle class have a fighting chance. What is wrong with every American having the basic needs in life. A roof over their head, food on the table, clothes on their back and health care to give a better quality of life? It’s ironic the neo-cons can never answer that question. Now can they?

    PS: Hey Gully I aint ya Brother!!! My Brother aint no racist!!

  5. wander-rant Says:

    Yo Patsy- YOU and ALL your BROTHERS are racist. That’s why you only call each other BROTHER and the rest of humanity RACIST. You see everything in COLOR. That is racist.

    A simple reminder: Obama is half WHITE. Are the “neocons” (erroneously assuming none of them are black) selfhating?

    You posit the idiots argument-this is known as a red herring. Debate the issues and leave the racism out of it. You can’t – you know why? You will lose.

  6. armageddonoutahere Says:

    Hey Expatriot… The truth will set you free so throw away your slave mentality, and go and make your mark in life. You’re an educated FREE MAN. Stop living in the past. We neo-cons fought the Liberal Democrats
    who wanted to keep you enslaved and we won. That’s how you got your freedom. Say Thank You neo-cons and go live the good life we afforded you.

  7. PATRIOT Says:

    You “afforded” me “the good life”??!!! Why thank ya Massa. I been a good slave oh lordy may thank ya massa. How dare you tell me you afforded me anything. I was born a free person by the grace of the Almighty Jesus Christ. No white man or neo-con could ever take that away. We don’t owe anybody thanks for our freedom. We are free by our own blood, sweat and tears. Your people may have enslaved our bodies but our mind and soul have always been free.
    “Slave Metality” once again you prove by your very own words who the true racist are. Your entire post is filled with the words, thoughts and feelings of racism. I feel sorry for people like you that are filled with so much hate. We pray for people like you. Maybe the Lord can lead you to the truth.

  8. armageddonoutahere Says:

    ExPatriot Wrong again. Your own people SOLD you into slavery.
    In fact in Africa slavery was common; the tribes would fight each other, and whichever tribe won would either vote to kill the other tribe, or have the tribe be their slaves. If the tribe that won the battle opted to have the other tribe be their slaves, each member would be sent to serve a house. Prisoners from other tribes or outlaws were also kept as slaves, but forced service was often negotiable, meaning they could be freed at some time or another. In many ways it was just like the slavery that was in the US as well as all over the world. Though no one is completely sure when slavery started, having been a part of almost all human history.

  9. wander-rant Says:

    You see how the lefties get you off topic (red herring) and then either get you spending all your time educating them on their own history or defending against their baseless charges of racism? The birth of slavery is in the MidEast and Africa (once all part of the same continent). FACT. It was imported to Europe and the New World. FACT. It is still widely practiced in both cultures. FACT.

    Don’t waste anymore valuable time on the so-called patriot. If he/she (it?) were truly a patriot, “it” would know how to open a book and learn the facts about a country “it” professes to love and about a people who are TRUE PATRIOTS and freedom fighters. This is like trying to convince the overindulged spoiled brat that “it” is spoiled and really not a victim of their parents unjustified and unreasonable rules and expectations. How dare we expect the brat to be grateful for our gifts…or worse – WORK!

    These imposters need to leave the country they HATE and go spread their poison to those sympathetic to their hatreds. They need to leave the decisions about this country to those who LOVE and HONOR it. Bye now.

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