It's just not true. The IRS is not "receiving personal health information". That claim has been debunked over and over again.<quoted text>
Nothing was said about compensation. Just that all employees will lose their coverage in 2015.
All insurance companies are required under ObamaCare to report to the IRS the name, address, identification number and type of policy purchased by every customer along with a determination whether the insurance was government-approved for purposes of complying with Obamacares individual mandate.
The IRS will receive massive new amounts of personal health information from virtually all Americans. The agencys ability to manage the health records it already receives has come under scrutiny.
An unnamed healthcare provider in California is suing the IRS and 15 unnamed agents alleging that they improperly seized some 60 million medical records of 10 million Americans including medical records of all California state judges on March 11, 2011.
Of course, these allegations raise concerns about the IRSs competence to manage the confidential health details of millions of American citizens.
Also, the ACA has at least 500 provisions and more than 40 amend or add provisions to the tax code. This will require hundreds of additional IRS agents and thousands of taxpayers' dollars.
You see the problem...
It was nutcase Bachmann who made the claim "So the IRS will have the ability potentially ...to deny health care, to deny access, to delay health care and conservatives took her crazed statement and ran with it.
Do you really want to hang your hat on someone like Michele Bachmann who claims "We are running out of rich people in this country" or "the president of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day." Think about it.
As far as hiring more agents. I'll give you credit for saying "hundreds" rather than "thousands" as some have claimed. However, it is still a conservative lie put out by the Republicans on the House Ways and Means committee. Nothing more than partisan analysis based on guesswork and false assumptions. Certainly administering the tax credits may require the hiring of a few more agents but the bulk of hiring will be for clerks, accountants, computer programmers, telephone help line personnel and other support staff. Not "agents". Currently, they represent less than 25 percent of all IRS workers. I don't see that changing. The bottom line is...no one knows how additional IRS personnel will be needed. There really isn't much for them to do. They receive a simple form from the insurance companies, just like a W-2 issued by an employer, and process it. Pretty simple.
And, the California case involving the 2011 IRS raid had nothing to do with accessing health records. They had a warrant for tax records. Rather difficult to determine at the scene exactly what contains tax records and what doesn't. Under HIPAA, organizations are only required to report incidents of data loss IF the risk of compromise is low. Seems conservatives are so stuck on conspiracy theories they no longer have any common sense. It's another House committee witch hunt.