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More IRS abuse: A warrant too far

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ObamaCare hasn't yet hit its stride, and already its chief enforcer, the Internal Revenue Service, faces a class-action lawsuit for improperly seizing medical records — about 60 million of them from 10 million Americans.

Citing a report by, Scott Gottlieb of Forbes says an unnamed health care provider in California is suing the IRS and 15 agents. Supposedly the agency had a warrant for financial data; the warrant “did not authorize any seizure of any health care or medical record of any persons,” according to the complaint.

Contained in those records was sensitive information on psychological and gynecological counseling, along with data on sexual and drug treatments. And included in this alleged mining expedition in March 2011 were the medical records of California's state judges. That would be around the same time that another IRS squad was busy targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

“In fact, no effort was made at all (by the IRS) to even try maintaining the illusion of legitimacy and legality,” according to the lawsuit.

And we're to presume that a grossly enlarged, vastly empowered IRS will be more mindful of constitutional boundaries as it implements sweeping new regulations, tax increases and penalties prescribed by ObamaCare?

No. Amid mounting scandals there's more than enough justification for Congress to stop this intolerable expansion of the IRS until all allegations of abuse are fully answered.

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