Rep. Charles Boustany, M.D. (LA) wrote a guest post today for Hoosier Access. Read it here:
As April 15 approaches, millions of Americans will receive tax refunds. Some will use the excess money they paid to Uncle Sam to go on vacation. Some will use it to pay off credit card bills, and some will save it for a rainy day.
However, if the Senate health-care overhaul passes, the Internal Revenue Service could garner those tax refunds if individuals fail to purchase bureaucrat-approved health insurance. That’s what the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, told the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee yesterday after I questioned her. I serve as the lead Republican on the Subcommittee.
I was a heart surgeon for nearly 20 years, and during that time, I ran a small business, my medical practice. As health insurance costs soared, I struggled to provide insurance to my employees, so I know the difficulties Americans face firsthand. However, the Senate health-care overhaul simply makes things worse both for families and small businesses.