IRS: Enforcing ObamaCare’s New Rules and Taxes

Hearing Date: August 2, 2012 12:00 am

9:00am in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

Chairman Darrell Issa’s Hearing Preview Statement


President Obama’s health care law was hastily written and rushed through the House and Senate by Democratic majorities before many even had a chance to read its contents.  That law is now being implemented—and has raised serious concerns about big government intrusion into American’s private lives.

Today the Committee will examine how the IRS is implementing Obamacare and the consequences for Americans.  We will address concerns about the big brother process it will create, the legality of rules it will enforce and question about the sacrosanct privacy of personal information once held only by the IRS but now share with state exchanges.  We will also review the biggest spending item under Obamacare—its complicated subsidy scheme and assess the challenges IRS faces with implementation.

Under Obamacare, taxpayers will have to provide within 30 days, notification to a government agency about key information in their lives: did they get a raise or take another job; did a family member move into the household; were they married or divorced; what is the nature of their employer-paid health care coverage.  The IRS is ill equipped to deliver customer satisfaction in addressing disputes or questions with the public, according to key metrics and government surveys.  The IRS is also ill equipped to handle the massive staffing and technology ramp-ups required to handle this data.

Today’s hearing will examine these key questions and begin the process of holding the Obama Administration and executive branch officials accountable for the consequences of a massive new government program wrought with flaws and unintended consequences.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Douglas Shulman Commissioner Internal Revenue Service Document
Mr. Mark Everson Vice Chairman Alliantgroup Document
Ms. Nina Olson National Taxpayer Advocate Internal Revenue Service Document
Mr. Michael Cannon Director of Health Policy Studies Cato Institute Document
Mr. Timothy Stoltzfus Jost Robert L. Willett Family Professor of Law Washington and Lee University School of Law Document