The Mandate Makes the IRS Stronger

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has warned that the IRS could need up to $10 billion to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act over  the next decade.  Wow.  The government has already started to divert this money now so that the IRS can verify that everyone has acceptable health care coverage and then penalizing those who don’t.  The amount of audits will increase dramatically in the future.

Personally, I have never been against the “mandate”.    I just fear that if enough people find loopholes NOT to pay it then it will become as meaningless as, well, meaningful use.   It never crossed my mind about how much money it will take to enact this thing. Holy crap.  And to give more power to the IRS?  Not loving that.  Remember, with great legislation comes great bureaucracy.    And most of the time it isn’t worth it.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]