McConnell: ObamaCare taxes looming

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday warned that the Affordable Care Act will unleash a new round of tax penalties on people across the country.

“If you have health insurance, ObamaCare now has a tax for that. If you don’t have health insurance, ObamaCare has a tax for that, too,” McConnell said. “And whether government bureaucrats deem your coverage too generous or not generous enough, ObamaCare has a tax for you.”

The Kentucky Republican said some of the taxes are paid by consumers directly while others come in the form of higher premiums.

He also denounced the law for making the “mind-numbingly complex tax code” even more complex.

McConnell, long a critic of the law, has promised colleagues they will vote later this year on legislation to repeal the controversial healthcare law but doing so would be symbolic, since Democrats have enough votes to block legislation.

McConnell on Tuesday also questioned the competence and integrity of the IRS to enforce the law, alluding to past controversies involving the agency, such as allegations that it unfairly targeted conservative groups.

“The same agency that spent so much time trying to silence free speech. The same agency that awarded bonuses to employees who owed back taxes,” he said.

“Americans are right to question the IRS’s competence to handle so much sensitive information,” he added.

McConnell faulted the IRS for rehiring employees who left the agency under allegations of sexual harassment, fraud and other misconduct.

“The tax collector for America even rehired people who willfully failed to file their tax returns,” he added.

McConnell also said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will investigate the IRS’s enforcement of ObamaCare in the months ahead.