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The IRS & ObamaCare: Leviathan threatens

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

So the Internal Revenue Service is up to its pesky neck in reports of its own purely political harassment. And this befuddled agency is about to become the federal “enforcer” for ObamaCare?

It's time Congress calls a timeout.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amounts to “the largest set of tax-law changes in 20 years,” according to the Treasury's inspector general. Whether people have health insurance or not, most will get taxed, along with most employers who provide health insurance.

In all, ObamaCare includes at least 18 tax increases, along with new levies on medical devices, insurers and pharmaceutical companies, according to The Heritage Foundation.

And working in concert with the IRS will be the federal Department of Health and Human Services, where chief despot Kathleen Sebelius three years ago reportedly threatened insurance companies for speaking badly of government health care. Now she's seeking contributions from health industry groups for Enroll America, which is working to supposedly “educate” the public, The Washington Post reports.

Will people who don't abide by ObamaCare's mandates face IRS audits? What of corporations that don't contribute to Ms. Sebelius' cause?

The implications are enormous. Before ObamaCare clamps down on America like a steel bear trap, a special prosecutor must be named to investigate what is clear, present and intolerable at the IRS.

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