Irony: Obama’s IRS Scandals Threaten Funding for ObamaCare

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 at 10:20 am

Oh well. Should have thought about this before you unleashed the IRS on innocent Americans, Barry.

Mounting scandals at the Internal Revenue Service are jeopardizing critical funding for the agency as it gears up to play a big role in President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Obama sought a significant budget increase for the IRS for next year, when the agency will start doling out subsidies to help people buy health insurance on state-based exchanges. Congressional Republicans, however, see management problems at the IRS as an opportunity to limit the agency’s funding just as it is trying to put in place the massive new law.

Republicans have been fighting the health care law ever since Democrats enacted it in 2010 without a single GOP vote. Unable to repeal the law, some Republicans hope to starve it by refusing to fund its implementation.

The IRS scandals are giving them a timely excuse.

“I think it’s safe to say they’re not going to get the kind of increase they’re asking for,” said Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee that funds the IRS.

“The question is, based on their bad behavior, are they going to end up with less money?” Crenshaw said.

Last month, the IRS was rocked by revelations that agents had targeted tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny when the groups applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections. A few weeks later, an inspector general’s report said that the agency had spent lavishly on employee conferences during the same time period.

From 2010 through 2012, the IRS spent nearly $50 million on employee conferences. In 2010, the agency used money that had been budgeted to hire enforcement agents to instead help pay for one conference that cost $4.1 million, according to the watchdog’s report.

You know who the bad guy is in this Obama scandal? Why, Republicans, of course.

“We are working to get to the bottom of what happened at the IRS, hold the responsible parties accountable, make sure it cannot happen again, and restore public trust and confidence in the IRS and its ability to administer the tax code fairly and efficiently,” said White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage.

“For years Republicans in Congress have made repeated attempts to stop and slow down the Affordable Care Act. This is just the latest attempt to put up roadblocks to implementing the law,” Brundage said. “The health law is the law of the land, and we are working to implement it well, so millions of Americans will have access to affordable and quality insurance.”

They’re working to get to the bottom of Obama’s IRS scandal? Really?

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3 Responses to “Irony: Obama’s IRS Scandals Threaten Funding for ObamaCare”

  1. rrpjr on 15/15/13 at 12:51 pm

    >>”Congressional Republicans, however, see management problems at the IRS as an opportunity…”

    Notice the wording? It isn’t the IRS’s fault for gross abuse of power or Obama’s responsibility for putting the IRS in charge of healthcare in the first place, it’s the Republicans’ fault for being heartless opportunists.

    Fu*k you, MSM.

  2. JoyO on 15/15/13 at 6:49 pm

    I hope the Republicans hold the line on funding the IRS. The Progressives appear to have infiltrated all levels of the IRS. Their abusive actions against the Tea Party folks, Republican donors, Christian groups, as well as pro-life groups AND their spending $4 million on a single conference proved we cannot trust them handle Obamacare. We cannot trust them to generate fair and honest regulations. We cannot trust them with our medical records.

    We need to press our politicians to pass a Flat Tax so we can cut the IRS staff by 90 percent.

  3. Blue Hen on 17/17/13 at 9:25 am

    Lemme get this straight; the dear leader was supposedly clueless about what was going on at the IRS, and yet it’s full speed ahead with increasing this agency by 16,ooo!?! And we should believe that now it’ll be all groovy?