Here is a partial list, courtesy of Elizabeth MacDonald of Fox Business, of the additional privacy invasions in which Obamacare requires the IRS to engage, in order to ensure that you, “private” citizen, are complying with the Progressive Government’s determination of what is appropriate for you. Understand, you’ve lost the right to determine what level or type of health insurance coverage is appropriate—the Progressive Government will determine that for you. You’ve also lost the right to determine what level of coverage is affordable according to your own—or your small (or large) business’ estimate—expense pattern and what you’ve decided you’re willing to pay—the Progressive Government will determine that for you.
According to the Taxpayer Advocate Office, we erstwhile private citizens must tell the government’s man, under Obamacare,
- our insurance plan information, including who is covered under the plan and the dates of coverage;
- costs of [our] family’s health insurance plans;
- whether [any of us] had an offer of employer-sponsored health insurance;
- cost of employer-sponsored insurance;
- whether [any of us] received a premium tax credit;
- whether [any of us] has an exemption from the individual responsibility requirement.
Moreover, the IRS under Obamacare is requiredauthorized to talk with folks about us with whom they never before had routine contact—all to ensure that we’re “paying our fair share.” This list includes
- new state-run insurance exchanges;
- insurance companies;
- government insurance programs.
Your W-2 no longer is enough; now the IRS will be quizzing your employer in great detail. The fact that you do, or don’t, have health insurance coverage no longer is a private matter; the Progressive Government will be quizzing your insurer.
On top of this, if we must pay a penaltytax because we don’t have the Progressive Government’s definition of “adequate” coverage, that tax is designed to be the maximum collectable, not the minimum. The tax is either a fixed dollar amount, or a percentage of our income above the filing threshold, whichever is greater. Even common criminals, on conviction, don’t automatically get the maximum sentence in every case. But then, your money really isn’t yours, anyway—it’s the property of the Progressive Government; it’s just ensuring it gets every bit of its property. And the criteria for determining the size of our tax? They include more destruction of our privacy:
- the IRS determines our “household income,” the sum of the incomes of everyone living under our roof
- the IRS will demand to know the insurance coverage of each person living under our roof.
If anyone is lacking proper insurance, you get the tax.
It’s just as bad for the small businesses that we “private” citizens run, now for the benefit of government rather than for our own purposes. Here’s an example of the penaltytax “your” small business must pay.
Businesses with more than 50 employees are required under Obamacare to provide “adequate” health insurance coverage for all of their employees.
The tax is $2,000 per employee, but the business must first knock out from the math the first 30 workers—part-timers don’t count.
Example: If you have 51 full-time employees and 15 part-time employees throughout the year, and one full-time employee is receiving a tax credit to help them buy health insurance [because you're not providing "adequate," "affordable" insurance for that employee], your business will have to pay:
51 (the number of full time employees) – 30 (the first 30 employees are excluded)
21 x $2,000 = $42,000
Notice that: one employee is getting short-changed (according to the Progressive Government), so we pay the penalty on a multiplicity of employees.
Think about the effect this will have on hiring.
Read Ms MacDonald’s entire article to see a fuller the list of abuses Obamacare heaps on what used to be “our” businesses.
Remember all of this in November.