ObamaCare To Target Charitable Hospitals

We had to pass the bill in order to find out what was in it, and to give HHS a chance to pass 20,000 pages and counting of regulations

(Daily Caller) Charitable hospitals that treat uninsured Americans will be subjected to new levels of scrutiny of their nonprofit status and could face sizable new fines under Obamacare.

A new provision in Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code, which takes effect under Obamacare, sets new standards of review and installs new financial penalties for tax-exempt charitable hospitals, which devote a minimum amount of their expenses to treat uninsured poor people. Approximately 60 percent of American hospitals are currently nonprofit. (snip)

“It requires tax-exempt hospitals to do a community needs survey and file additional paperwork with the IRS every three years. This is to prove that the charitable hospital is still needed in their geographical area — ‘needed’ as defined by Obamacare and overseen by IRS bureaucrats,” said John Kartch, spokesman for Americans for Tax Reform.

“Failure to comply, or to prove this continuing need, could result in the loss of the hospital’s tax-exempt status. The hospital would then become a for-profit venture, paying income tax — hence the positive revenue score” for the federal government, Kartch said. “Obamacare advocates turned over every rock to find as much tax money as possible.”

Does anyone think that the Obamacare government won’t find a reason to make sure that the tax-free status goes away? Liberals hate charity, unless it comes from the government.

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Comment by david7134
2013-08-10 17:57:18

This is interesting. Most of the hospitals in a community are not for profit, despite the fact they make a ton of money. I believe all religious hospital fall in this category. It will increase the cost of care.

THEN consider that OBama and trouble elected to not pay the tax. How do they do that?

 
Comment by proof Subscribed to comments via email
2013-08-11 17:01:30

I understand the law also prohibits doctors from starting their own hospitals (like many we have in our communities now), because they don’t want doctors to profit from healthcare.

So, not only will there be fewer doctors under Obamacare, there will be fewer hospitals, fewer ERs to treat greater numbers of people “covered” under Obamacare.

 
Comment by RonF Subscribed to comments via email
2013-08-12 10:27:16

I’ve been on leftist sites where the people there said that the charitable deductions in income tax should be done away with completely? Why? Because people may be giving money to the wrong organizations and only the government has the resources to determine what the most deserving ones are.

 
Comment by Ecstasy_of_Idiocy Subscribed to comments via email
2013-08-13 15:37:46

Exactly Ron. We’ve had our own lunatics here who have also stated that having deductions for charity is costing people money that could go to a religious institution and that violated the church-state separation.

Yeah, I couldn’t make that fit inside a box either.

But, all this is by plan and design. Sure destruction.

 

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