Good News: Obama Admin. Diverts $500 Million To IRS For Obamacare

Remember, though, that Obamacare is somehow going to save the American people lots and lots of money

(The Hill) The Obama administration is quietly diverting roughly $500 million to the IRS to help implement the president’s healthcare law.

The money is only part of the IRS’s total implementation spending, and it is being provided outside the normal appropriations process. The tax agency is responsible for several key provisions of the new law, including the unpopular individual mandate.

Wait, back up: “only part of the IRS’s total implementation spending”? This begs the question “how much more do they need to spend?” $500 million might be chump change in Washington, but, here in Reality Land, that’s a lot of money. What exactly is it going to be spent on? And this begs another question “how much will implementation cost the private sector, money that could be otherwise used for hiring? What will it cost health care companies, money that could be otherwise used for health care?”

There was of course the meme about the IRS looking to hire 16,500 new agents to deal with the Mandate and other provisions of Obamacare. We know for a fact that the IRS is looking for 4,500 new agents, 4,000 for enforcement. And wanted $303 million just to implement all that Obamacare calls for in the “development of new systems and modifications of existing systems required to support new tax credits.”

If you have one federal agency needing at least half a billion dollars to implement Obamacare, what will this cost the private sector?

This also means, per the Hill article, that HHS is being left short of funding, as they are transferring much of this cash to the IRS.

Oh, and a thought occurs: what will this cost the private sector to implement?

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Comment by TheDarkEricDraven
2012-04-09 11:15:00

Yeah, free medicine is such a stupid idea. Much better to just let people die.

 
Comment by gitarcarver
2012-04-09 11:54:06

Yeah, free medicine is such a stupid idea. Much better to just let people die.

Right. Because the medicine is “free” due to the fact that it is paid for by finding pots of gold at the end of the rainbow and collecting unicorn dust.

 
Comment by TheDarkEricDraven
2012-04-09 11:57:40

Try a valid criticism.

 
Comment by gitarcarver
2012-04-09 12:48:12

Try a valid criticism.

I am sorry. Your portrayal of “free medicine” is both ignorant, stupid, illogical, void of facts and shows a lack of understanding of the real world.

In what make believe world do you live in which a product doesn’t cost something?

Someone has to pay for it and it is therefore not free.

That is not only a valid criticism, it is one that you can’t refute.

 
Comment by Trish Subscribed to comments via email
2012-04-09 13:03:32

Not only is git correct, but darkeric misses the point that Obamacare WILL in fact let people die. Because NOTHING is really free. It is in fact costly to give free medicine, so this lovely healthcare plan can only function if THEY decide who to treat and who to let fade away- like the elderly, our parents and other relatives we may be sad to see go! And yes, medicine it at the core of the issue.

 
Comment by TheDarkEricDraven
2012-04-09 13:19:23

That’s so stupid I don’t even know where to begin…

 
Comment by Trish Subscribed to comments via email
2012-04-09 13:31:10

It is called rationing, and it is coming to a loved one near you. Unless we defeat this awful beast of a healthcare bill.

First, Obamacare will cut payments to the private health-insurance companies that provide coverage to the 20 percent of Medicare enrollees who participate in the Medicare Advantage program. That will eliminate many types of coverage for seniors in Medicare Advantage — which should be painfully obvious, but if you require confirmation, visit FactCheck.org.

Obamacare will also ratchet down the price controls that Medicare uses to pay hospitals and many other health care providers. It should likewise be obvious that that will reduce access to services that are ostensibly “guaranteed” to all enrollees. But again, if you need confirmation, check in with Medicare’s chief actuary, who works for President Obama. We can debate whether that’s good or bad. What’s not up for debate: Obamacare in fact “will cut Medicare benefits for seniors.”

Second, it is also true — ipso facto – that Obamacare “will ration health care.” To ration is to limit consumption. When Obamacare reduces coverage for Medicare Advantage enrollees and reduces access to care for all Medicare enrollees, it limits seniors’ consumption of medical care. We can debate whether that’s good or bad. What’s not up for debate: that is rationing.
from: Michael F. Cannon

 
Comment by W. C. Taqiyya Subscribed to comments via email
2012-04-09 14:52:12

More and more the evidence piles up that Obama is making a fast break right to dictator in chief.

 
Comment by gitarcarver
2012-04-09 15:38:05

That’s so stupid I don’t even know where to begin

The only thing I can figure is that it is “stupid” because you disagree with it. Your disagreement is not on the merits, but simply because it flies in the face of the fantasy land in which you live.

 
Comment by W. C. Taqiyya Subscribed to comments via email
2012-04-09 16:20:09

My best practices policy for blog commenting includes not responding to complete morons like TDED. Just this once, I make exception.

 
Comment by Gumball_Brains Subscribed to comments via email
2012-04-09 16:39:55

Teach, those swat shotguns aren’t free. The IRS, much like the Dept of Education, needs Assault Shotguns to do their jobs when they shuffle paperwork.

So, this “shuffling” of money? I’m assuming that was in the bill too? Or is this part of the hidden expense that we have been fearing?

When ObamaCare gets overturned (pray to GOD), will IRS give this money back?

 
Comment by gitarcarver
2012-04-09 18:07:36

And don’t forget Gumball, the money for setting up the exchanges has already gone out as well.

When the ACA is overturned, do you think any of that money will come back?

 

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