House asks IRS about purported seizure of millions of medical records
The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter Tuesday
to acting IRS Administrator Daniel Werfel requesting information
about a 2011 agency search and seizure of as many as 60 million
medical records from a California health care provider.
The letter follows a recent lawsuit regarding the legality of the seizure
of more than 10 million American patients’ medical information while
executing a warrant related to a former employee’s financial records,
leaders of the Republican-led committee said.
The letter, which gives Werfel until June 25 to respond, cites a news
report this year that states the unnamed health-care provider is now
suing the IRS and 15 unnamed agents in California Superior Court
and that the suit alleges the agents stole more than 60 million medical
records from more than 10 million American patients during a search
conducted March 11, 2011.
The IRS could not be reached late Tuesday for comment.
The committee says the warrant authorizing that search was
apparently limited to the financial records of a former employee of the
company and did not authorize the confiscation of the personal
medical records of those who had no connection to the initial IRS
Members said the allegations are of particular concern considering
“the IRS’s increased role in implementing health care under the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”
It's so nice to know that we're keeping the information but won't use it.
Ah, then what are you keeping it for? Why waste tax payer money?
In CA here's some more gvt/union BS
The demand by state labor groups to share in the spoils of the Proposition 30 tax hikes, which they worked hard to pass last November, typifies the me-first shamelessness of California’s public-employee unions.
The ballot measure, touted by Gov. Jerry Brown as the only way to save California’s schools, increased the sales tax for everyone and the income tax for those who make more than $250,000 a year. It’s expected to bring in $6 billion annually for the next five years.
The state’s public-employee unions donated millions of dollars, held rallies, walked precincts and manned phone banks to pass Proposition 30 and defeat Proposition 32, which would have limited their ability to raise money for political campaigns.
Now, they want their payback. Members of one such union, Service Employees International Union Local 1000, which represents more than 95,000 state workers and is California’s largest employee union, held a rally in Sacramento demanding pay raises of up to 9 percent over three years and a $2,500 bonus. Union President Yvonne Walker said her union was instrumental in helping pass Proposition 30, in giving Democrats a two-thirds supermajority and in electing Brown in 2010.
Brown’s budget currently has no wage increases, but whether he and the Legislature will ultimately bow to pressure remains to be seen. You know what they say about paybacks.