Obamacare Gives Health Bureaucrats Access to Your Tax Records

28 08 2009

Thanks to Declan McCullagh at CBS News Blogs for pointing out another horrible aspect of the Obamacare plan.  This time, it has to do with healthcare bureaucrats having access to your IRS tax records. (Read  Declan’s blog story here.)

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.

There seems to be no limit on the intrusions the Democrats are willing to make into your private life.  From deciding what healthcare you should have to spreading around your tax records, they think they’re entitled to all of it.

By the way, if you’d like to read the whole stinking pile of manure for yourself, go here.

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Beware The Expedient Religion of Barack Obama

21 08 2009

Pastors and rabbis had better beware the expedient religion of Barack Obama.

Today it was reported that President Obama attempted to enlist the assistance of Jewish rabbis during the Rosh Hashanah holiday to further the promotion of his health industry takeover.  Speaking to around 1000 rabbis, the President urged the religious leaders to preach healthcare deform reform from the pulpit over the Jewish New Year, saying:”We are God’s partners in matters of life and death.”

Immediately I remembered his answer to Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren during the campaign, when asked at what point an unborn child might deserve human rights.  Obama demurred, claiming:“… whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question  with specificity … is above my pay grade.”

So let me get this straight.  The President knows for certain that he is cooperating with God in the “matter of life and death” that arises from health care deform reform legislation, but when it comes to life and death of an innocent unborn American, he can’t be certain at all what God wants him to think.

All of this suggests that Barack Obama’s theology — like his attendance at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, and his relationship with its former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright — constitute matters of simple political expediency.  He embraces them when they suit his current political need, and he throws them under the bus when they stand in the way of political victory.