The unfolding IRS scandal prompted one Republican lawmaker to introduce a bill that aims to keep the IRS from helping to implement President Barack Obama's health care reform law when it is fully rolled out.
Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., chastised Attorney General Eric Holder during a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing Wednesday for what he called a lack of accountability by Obama administration officials on a series of controversies, including the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious and the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four American diplomats, as well as the still unfolding scandal at the IRS where top officials admitted low-level staff inappropriately targeted groups applying for a tax-exempt status with the name "tea party," "patriot" or "9/12."
"If there's no personal repercussions shouldn't Americans realize the only way we can stop these internal abuses from happening with the Internal Revenue Service, from this massive amount of data they are going to get under the Affordable Health Care Act, is to make sure that data never gets to the Internal Revenue Service in the first place?" Forbes said. "Because if it does and the abuse occurs nobody's going to be held accountable at the top and also we're going to say afterwards there's nothing we should have reasonably done to stop it."
His office introduced a measure Wednesday - the Prevent IRS Overreach Act - that would ban the tax collection agency from hiring anyone to implement so-called Obamacare. The massive reform measure, passed in 2010 and scheduled for full implementation by 2014, contains numerous changes to both personal and corporate taxes..
Dean Petrone, a spokesman for Forbes, says it's a similar measure that the congressman introduced in 2011, but one they hope will be met with renewed enthusiasm in the face of the IRS' latest controversy.
The House is scheduled to vote for the 37th times to repeal all of Obamacare Thursday, but Obama has vowed to veto the measure. It's unlikely that such a bill would even reach his desk, however, with the Senate in Democratic hands.