posted on Jul, 5 2013 @ 01:10 PM
Originally posted by sligtlyskeptical
I read it as saying that the Gov can use your financial information to confirm you are eligible for benefits. If not, and if you then owe money, you
will be asked to pay. If you don't pay then the IRS can put liens on your bank account and seize any funds. So yes they can take money from your bank
account but only after a lengthy process in which you refuse to cooperate. I don't think this is an aspect of Obamcare that anyone should be focusing
I read it the same way from the posting by ripcontrol of the section of the bill that pertains to this issue.
For the sake of clarity, it is important to note that this part of the bill updates Title XI of the Social Security Act, and once again cite the page
number, section and subsection of the ObamaCare plan that spells this out. It is called "Administrative Simplification" (Section 163) and Subsection
1173A of this measure, "Standardize Electronic Transactions" has a provision (a)(2)(B) that ensures that this new governmental power: "be
authoritative, permitting no additions or constraints for electronic transactions ..." (C) "be comprehensive, efficient and robust, requiring
minimal augmentation by paper transactions or clarification by further communications;" and, finally, (D) enable the real-time (or near real-time)
determination of an individual’s financial responsibility at the point of service and, to the extent possible, prior to service, including whether
the individual is eligible for a specific service with a specific physician at a specific facility, which may include utilization of a
machine-readable health plan beneficiary identification card;" ... (E) "enable, where feasible, near real-time adjudication of claims ..."
So the answer is yes.
Snopes was wrong, guess they haven't read the bill. Even snopes gets it wrong every once in awhile.
Why shouldn't anyone focus on this?
If there are provisions that allow for bank account seizures then the government will abuse the privilege at some point, especially the IRS who abuse
that privilege on a regular basis.
Who hasn't heard of someone who had their bank accounts seized wrongfully by the IRS and the mess that results? Guess they'll be after me now for
even asking the question, or pointing out that they have abused this privilege in the past!
Guess I'll have to tell Mom it is not true in the sense that the IRS is supposed to go to great lengths to do it,
but it is true that it can be done
and it is the IRS who we trust so much that will be the determiner.