House Republicans said Thursday that the health care overhaul will expand IRS authority by giving agents the power to verify acceptable health care coverage and fine or confiscate the tax refunds of Americans without coverage.

Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee, a panel that oversees taxes and health issues, also charged that IRS audits will likely increase if health care legislation is passed. They added the IRS will require up to $10 billion to administer the new program. They also claimed the IRS may need to hire 16,500 additional employees.

“This dangerously expands IRS authority,” said Representative David Camp, (R., Mich.), the ranking Republican on the Committee on Ways and Means. “Most Americans will find it shocking and troubling.”

Rep. Charles Boustany (R., La.) led the investigation into the effect of the health care legislation on IRS authority. “This is a vast expanse of power that the American people need to know about,” he said. link

The Federal government will add 16,500 new IRS agents at a cost of 10 Billion dollars to enforce the new health insurance mandate. This is an unprecedented expansion of power and control, especially considering that the central government has no authority under the constitution to force anyone to purchase anything.

The crippling new taxes and fines that will be heaped on small businesses is a mammoth job killer. This will make America even less competitive than we are now, giving China and India even more of an upper hand. I don’t see how any person or politician could support this legislation unless they are actively seeking to bankrupt and destroy this country.

Obama said he was going to “fundamentally transform” this country, but into what is the question. I think Glenn Beck has it right. The progressives are trying to bring down the system in a effort to transform our country into a European socialist system. A system where there is no incentive for individual achievement and everyone is enslaved to mediocrity under a collectivist ideology.

This is the worst administration and worst president since FDR.