Obamacare

Whatever You Do, Don't Say 'Repeal'

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Rep-repe-repeeeeeeeee…nope. Can't say it. See?

Looks like the White House has decided that the 1099 reporting provision in the new health care law is too onerous, and, after some anxiety about the precedent it might set for repeal, asked Congress to scale it back:

The law requires businesses to track all cumulative purchases from vendors that total $600 or more in one year. The provision was designed to raise revenue for the health care law but has been universally panned by the business community, which anticipates a mountain of new paperwork to comply.

The amendment, from Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), would scale back the reporting requirements to cumulative purchases of more than $5,000 per year and exclude companies with fewer than 25 employees. So far, no Republicans have voiced support for the amendment.

"We are committed to reducing the gap between taxes legally owed and taxes paid," Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote in a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday. "However, the administration believes that the burden created on businesses by the new information reporting requirement on purchases of goods that exceed $600, as included in Section 6041 of the Internal Revenue Code as modified by Section 9006 of the Affordable Care Act, is too great."

Still, we're all under strict orders to avoid calling it repeal. The letter from Geithner and Sebelius didn't use the word, and they don't support a Republican amendment that would strip the provision entirely. In other words, the administration saw which way the popular winds were blowing, realized that that defending the provision would look bad, but also knew they couldn't support a repeal. So they decided to get ahead of the issue by supporting a modification.

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  1. Scale back, scale back, WAYYYYY back!

    1. Does “scale back” come in an easy-to-swallow-gel-capsule?

      1. Ask Herr Himmler about that!

  2. Bit by bit ObamaCare is crumbling.

    1. Bit by bit ObamaCare is crumbling.

      FTFY

    2. Death by a “1000 Cuts”, while not a flashy or fun as the good old “.22 lobotomy”, still results in “what is good in life!”

  3. “We are committed to reducing the gap between taxes legally owed and taxes paid,” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote in a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Monday.

    “That is why we are going after these fuckers.”

    1. Like they have to follow the rules they set for those who are not members of the political class.

      Puh-leeeze!

  4. “We are committed to reducing the gap between taxes legally owed and taxes paid,”

    Did Tim Geithner’s secretary fall down laughing when (s)he wrote this for him, of all people?

    1. You beat me to it. I got to say, from Geithner, this is rich:“We are committed to reducing the gap between taxes legally owed and taxes paid,”

      1. You wonder when Geithner got the speech from the speechwriter, if he stood there rubbing his toe in the dirt and stuttering about that line…”uh, there might be a little problem…”
        But these guys can say anything without shame or regard to reality. Heck, Geithner could be on his knees Linda Lovelacing Bernanke’s bernanke, while denying there is any ‘involvement’ between treasury and the Fed.

  5. The White House and Congressional Democrats should probably read the bill in its entirety and find out what’s in it first. Then they can come up with a single amendment to PPACA smooth over all those rough edges before November.

  6. Inch by inch, step by step….

    I don’t care if they don’t call it “repeal” – if it falls apart piece by piece or all at once (“The Big One”), it’s all good as long as it falls apart.

    “Modification” – sure, why not. Keep at it, boys and girls!

  7. So, I suppose Geithner is going to go after the billions owed by federal employees, starting with the millions owned by Capitol Hill staffers?

    1. Geithner: “I arrest myself!”

  8. Kathleen Sebelius looks like an even scarier Tilda Swinton as the White Witch in The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe. She definitely has a post politics career playing that part in the squeals.

    1. I’m pretty sure you meant sequels, but I like your way better.

  9. Silly libertarians- taxes are for civilians.

  10. Still too many 1099s, even with the employee threshold and the $5,000 threshold.

  11. S. 3578 has been introduced to repeal Section 9006 of Obamacare, the odious 1099 reporting mandates that will senselessly burden small businesses.

    Support S. 3578 and its sponsors, Richard Burr and Mike Johanns.

    http://www.carolinajournal.com…..ml?id=6656

    http://www.washingtonexaminer……77614.html

  12. It’s totally acceptable to force everyone to fill out 1099 forms. It’s for our own good, after all.

    1. The CBO announced togay that health care will cost 100 bazillion trillion more than initially estimated, primarily due to paper cuts caused by filling out bazillions of 1099 forms.

  13. Somebody needs to make sure that my raw materials are paying their fair share of taxes.

  14. They are in court right now challenging the individual mandate. One judge in Virginia has already allowed the case to proceed to trial. My guess is this judge will rule the same way.

  15. Other than mere supposition and innuendo, what evidence is there for the IRS’ claim that tax evasion is both widespread and large in dollar value?

  16. Curious … does this include requirements that paypal require or issue 1099s for payments made through paypal accounts?

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