Tim Phillips: The IRS as your M.D.
Over the past week, details have emerged on how the Internal Revenue Service subjected certain groups to undue scrutiny in a systematic manner over an extended period of time. It is deeply concerning that the same IRS that just admitted to the political profiling of Americans who oppose a big-government agenda is also tasked with enforcing the myriad mandates, taxes and regulations in Obamacare.
Americans have entrusted the IRS with a tremendous amount of power, and that power has been systematically abused over the course of months and years. While this fact is chilling enough for many of us, it’s actually about to get much worse.
With the House poised to once again to vote to repeal the disastrous Obamacare law on Thursday, it’s worthwhile to note that President Obama has approved giving this entity billions more in funding and thousands of new employees to take on even more extraordinary authority — enforcing Obamacare, overseeing the health care decisions of all Americans and, what’s more, handling the private health insurance information that belongs to you and your family.
Do we really want the IRS policing our health care?
Based on conduct over the past few years, the agency already is helping to promote a big-government agenda by making extraordinarily invasive requests for information from particular small-government groups, and not treating left-leaning groups the same.
The momentum for repealing Obamacare ought to mount beginning with Thursday’s vote, as the IRS issue is just one of a million reasons to get rid of this law. It’s not just the IRS scandal that has cast doubt over the implementation of Obamacare. A scandal you may not have heard much about is that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been seeking more funds from private health care organizations to help drag the implementation of the law over the finish line. It’s a task she and other bureaucrats have been struggling mightily with, as exhaustively predicted by conservatives before this law was ever passed.
The mayhem began with Health and Human Services’ very first task as outlined in the law — simply to produce and release a list of the department’s new powers and responsibilities. Apparently, this was such an insurmountable task that they had to settle for meagerly reproducing the table of contents from the bill.
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