As if the IRS wasn’t in enough trouble already, its also facing a lawsuit for mishandling medical records.
A medical company in California filed a class-action lawsuit against 15 IRS employees, alleging that they wrongly seized over 60 million medical records of over 10 million Americans.
Courthouse News Service reported the story in March, when the case was filed:
“This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power by several Internal Revenue Service (‘IRS’) agents (collectively referred to as ‘defendants’ herein) during a raid of John Doe Company, in the Southern District of California, on March 11, 2011,” the complaint states. “In a case involving solely a tax matter involving a former employee of the company, these agents stole more than 60,000,000 medical records of more than 10,000,000 Americans, including at least 1,000,000 Californians.
“No search warrant authorized the seizure of these records; no subpoena authorized the seizure of these records; none of the 10,000,000 Americans were under any kind of known criminal or civil investigation and their medical records had no relevance whatsoever to the IRS search.”
This suit gives more ammunition to Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), who announced his plan to introduce a bill keeping data on Americans’ healthcare decisions away from the agency in a hearing Wednesday.
Yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) questioned the trustworthiness of the IRS handling Obamacare data in light of its recent admissions concerning Tea Party group targeting.
If the IRS can’t handle data it isn’t even supposed to have access to, what should we expect with data it’s actually given? If it’s given free rein on data on Americans’ healthcare choices, it could have serious implications. The IRS has clearly shown its poor decision-making skills, and there’s no reason to think it would handle things differently in the future.
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