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IRS SCANDAL TAINTS OBAMACARE

- May 17, 2013

ABC News Headline: "IRS Official In Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office." (John Parkinson and Steven Portnoy, "IRS Official In Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office," ABC News, 5/16/13)

"Sarah Hall Ingram Served As The Commissioner Of The Office Responsible For Tax-Exempt Organizations Between 2009 And 2012." "Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS' Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today." (John Parkinson and Steven Portnoy, "IRS Official In Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office," ABC News, 5/16/13)

Under Ingram's Tenure At The IRS's Tax-Exempt Organizations Division, The Division Targeted Conservative Groups. "The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation." (John Parkinson and Steven Portnoy, "IRS Official In Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office," ABC News, 5/16/13)

  • IRS Officials In Washington And At Least Two Other Offices Were Involved In Investigating Conservative Groups. "Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved with investigating conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear that the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post." (Juliet Eilperin and Zachary A. Goldfarb, "IRS Officials In Washington Were Involved In Targeting Of Conservative Groups," The Washington Post, 5/13/13)
  • "The IRS Admitted Last Week It Began Over-Scrutinizing Conservative Groups In 2010." ("Health Care tax Official Used To Lead IRS Tax Exempt Office,"CNN, 5/16/13)

Sarah Hall Ingram Now Leads The Office Of That Is Charged With Enforcing ObamaCare. "Sarah Hall Ingram, who heads the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at the IRS, formerly led the agency's tax exempt/government entities division, the same division that's now taking heat for targeting conservative groups in the past few years." ("Health Care tax Official Used To Lead IRS Tax Exempt Office," CNN, 5/16/13)

How Can Americans Trust Ingram And The IRS To Implement ObamaCare?

The IRS Will Play A "Dominant Role" In Enforcing ObamaCare's Tax Provisions. "Get ready for the Internal Revenue Service to play a dominant role in health care. When ObamaCare takes full effect next year, the agency will enforce most of the laws involved in the reform-even deciding who gets included in the health-care mandate." (Mark Koba, "When It Comes to Health-Care Reform, the IRS Rules," CNBC, 5/6/13)

  • IRS: "Health Care Reform Will Likely Be The Most Extensive Social Benefit Program The IRS Has Been Asked To Implement In Recent History." (Taxpayer Advocate, "Report To Congress: Fiscal Year 2011," IRS, p. 27)

ObamaCare Allows The IRS To Send "Scary Letters And Threats" To Taxpayers That Don't Comply With ObamaCare. "So how can the IRS enforce the mandate? Scary letters and threats to withhold tax refunds. The law allows the IRS to withhold tax refunds to collect the penalty, and most filers get refunds. This year, 77 percent of the 135 million individual income tax returns processed by the IRS qualified for a refund. The average refund: $2,707." (Stephen Ohlemacher, "The Tax Man Cometh To Police You On Health Care," The Associated Press, 7/7/12)

Obama Elevated The Role Of The IRS To Enforce ObamaCare Which Has Renewed Questions On Whether The IRS "Is Capable Of Policing The Health Care Decisions Of Millions Of People." "The Supreme Court's decision to uphold most of President Barack Obama's health care law will come home to roost for most taxpayers in about 2 1/2 years, when they'll have to start providing proof on their tax returns that they have health insurance. That scenario puts the Internal Revenue Service at the center of the debate, renewing questions about whether the agency is capable of policing the health care decisions of millions of people in the United States while also collecting the taxes needed to run the federal government." (Stephen Ohlemacher, "The Tax Man Cometh To Police You On Health Care," The Associated Press, 7/7/12)

  • Democrats Own The ObamaCare IRS Debacle, "And The Headwinds Coming With It In Future Elections." "Like Republicans with Iraq, Democrats own the issue, and the headwinds coming with it in future elections." (Josh Kraushaar, "Obama's Legacy: "A Health Care Law That Hurts His Party," National Journal , 5/2/13)

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