Your doctor, the IRS, and you

One of the more unfortunate ramifications of the proposed healthcare reforms is that it will inject the IRS into your relationship with your healthcare provider. As John Stossel points out:

Cornell law school professor William A. Jacobson writes that under both the House and Senate plans, the IRS will serve as the enforcer of the rules against individual taxpayers. Doctors will have to report to the IRS the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and coverage periods of their patients.

Both current versions of the legislation slap a %2.5 percent tax on any not covered by medical insurance, so the IRS involvement seems inevitable.

Do you really want the IRS involved in your healthcare?


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