Video: Who’s on first, Congressional-style
posted at 12:15 pm on March 25, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
It really does seem like a simple question that Bill O’Reilly asks Anthony Weiner in this clip from last night. All O’Reilly wants to know is which federal government agency hands out the fines to people who don’t buy government-approved health insurance. After all, even Rep. Weiner admits that someone is going to force taxpayers to pay if they access the system without proper coverage under ObamaCare. Who is that? Yes. Yes who? Who. Who’s on first? Right:
Look, this is really easy. Just go to pages 345 and 1573 of the Senate bill, which was signed into law, to find out which federal agency has to keep track of the data:
Here’s the relevant clause on page 345:
(c) NOTIFICATION OF NONENROLLMENT.—Not later than June 30 of each year, the Secretary of the Treasury, acting through the Internal Revenue Service and in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, shall send a notification to each individual who files an individual income tax return and who is not enrolled in minimum essential coverage (as defined in section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986). Such notification shall contain information on the services available through the Exchange operating in the State in which such individual resides.
It’s the IRS. The Democrats have sicced the IRS on every American and put the tax collectors in charge of enforcing our health-insurance mandates. Why can’t Weiner just man up and tell the truth about it?
Jim Vicevich has the more amusing “Who’s on first” routine at Radio Vice Online. My guess is that the IRS will be a lot more direct when fining refuseniks than Congressman Weiner.