Led by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., a number of House Republicans asserted last week that the newly scandalized Internal Revenue Service, in its role as Obamacare enforcer, would collect sensitive personal medical records. That was one of the latest reasons cited for repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Where they came up with this specious idea is a bit of a mystery, because you won’t find any support for it in the law itself or the IRS regulations implementing it. Let’s just say it emerged from the same place as Sarah Palin’s death panels.
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Jon Healey is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times.