The House version of the Obama healthcare bill requires the release of tax records to the Health Czar and thousands of government employees.
Dr. Starr interviews Congressman Will Robyou on this privacy rights issue.
Show Date: September 3, 2009
The Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, Charlie Rangel, failed to declare more than $600,000 in assets – and as much as $1.3 million in outside income – in his Senate financial disclosure form. Rangel excused his oversights by saying, “I delegated to my staff the completion of my annual House financial disclosure statements…”
Yet, the Congressman attached new provisions to the healthcare bill that would impose higher penalties on taxpayers for unintentional mistakes. His bill also requires the release of IRS records to the new “health czar” – as well as thousands of government employees at the national and local levels.
According to the Washington Post, Rangel’s “Obamacare” bill would:
* Punish those who fail to alert the IRS to potentially questionable tax exemptions.
* Bar the IRS from waiving penalties against taxpayers who clearly erred in good faith.
* Double fines in certain circumstances.
* Increase fines for honest mistakes.