The Spokesman Review reports today that U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA, 5) introduced legislation that would prohibit the IRS from hiring any new employees to enforce 2010's health care reform law.
“Our bill will protect the constitutional right of every American to decide what health care is best for themselves and their families, while also saving taxpayers about $10 billion by preventing yet another unnecessary increase in the number of government employees,” she said in a press release today.
As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, taxpayers are required to purchase health care insurance by 2014 or face penalties of roughly $325 per individual that the IRS would collect.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office predicts the IRS will need roughly $10 billion over the next 10 years and nearly 17,000 new employees to meet its responsibilities under the law. HR 434 would prevent the IRS from using any funds to hire new employees to enforce the mandate.