TheBlaze’s Liz Klimas contributed to this report.
As the “IRS Inquisition” scandal unfolds, some are pointing out that the government agency is on the verge of not only having purview over your finances, but your health care as well.
Rush Limbaugh has theorized that this is one of the the reasons the administration and traditionally left-leaning members of the media have denounced the scandal so strongly. The IRS must be seen to have made a mistake and been set right, so it can proceed at full strength for the implementation of “Obamacare.”
Stuart Varney appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss just how much the IRS will have control over with the complete implementation of the president’s health care overhaul.
“The IRS will be the policing agent for Obamacare,” Varney said. “You’re going to have to, on your next tax return, you’re going to have to report to the IRS personal health care information…Do you trust the IRS with your personal health care information?”
Host Martha MacCullum continued: “It’s such a dangerous and slippery slope when [their] credibility is brought into question, because they of course know what you make…And now they are supposed to marry that information…with whether you are eligible for a healthcare subsidy. And that raises questions, too, because you’ve got to keep them posted on every change that may lap in our employment picture.”
Varney interrupted to say that’s not even the full picture.
“Your doctor is going to put on file electronically your entire medical history,” he said. “At the same time, on a parallel path, the IRS wants to know about your health insurance. There is no wall between those two areas of information. And bearing in mind what they have done politically there is no trust that they won’t jump that wall and go into your personal medical history….And that’s where the lack of trust comes in.”
MacCallum noted that, when the bill was being passed, we were repeatedly assured that privacy and having your records online wouldn’t be an issue.
“But people have been scanning documents for catch words, you wonder what they’re going to scan in terms of health care and health records. It’s a legitimate question given all of this,” she concluded.
Varney ended his remarks by saying the way things are heading now, the scandal may delay the implementation of Obamacare.
And those who have been targeted by the IRS are, understandably, among the most concerned.
Charles Smith, the founder and chairman of the Citizen’s Awareness Project, told TheBlaze: “It’s concerning to me that we will be handing more information to the government.”
The Citizen’s Awareness Project not only received “invasive” questionnaires regarding its application, but its information was illegally disclosed to the non-profit news organization ProPublica last year.
ThinkProgress reacted to the Fox News segment barely an hour it was posted, seemingly frantic that the reputation of the IRS may be tarnished.
“In reality, there is no evidence that the impropriety in the IRS office responsible for granting tax-exempt status to social welfare groups has bled over into other parts of the agency,” they wrote.