If Obamacare must exist, this is the absolute minimum which should happen. The IRS managing the healthcare of the United States is a recipe for disaster, both on the broadest and most individual levels.
The AP thing got their ears perked. Now with the recent NSA revelations even the Grey Lady, bastion of liberal statism, The New York Times, says the president has gone too far. It’s pretty hard for a liberal president to lose The Times but Obama seems to have done it, for at least this moment in time.
Tell me who other than the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies benefit from Obamacare? The poorest Americans were covered under Medicaid. Most other people were covered under their employers. The self-employed could buy fairly good plans for far less than $20,000 per year per family.
There’s nice stupidity, like one finds in a golden retriever. There’s benign stupidity like one often finds in J Crew salespeople. There’s annoying stupidity such as one finds at the DMV. There is hostile stupidity as one might find with certain family members around the holidays. And then there is this kind of stupidity. V.I. Lenin called the people who exhibit this particular brand of dimwittedness “useful idiots.”*
As we’ve written before, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS should concern anyone with a political opinion. All it takes is a change in leadership and suddenly one’s group might find itself on the wrong end of an audit.
Or it might just take one overzealous Senator with a control issue, as was the case with Diane Feinstein and the Marijuana Policy Project.
As we have said before the American people at the very least should insist on the removal of the IRS from Obamacare. That of course means a complete revamp (repeal?) of the program and very powerful interests ranging from the current administration to the insurance and pharmaceutical industries like Obamacare just the way it is. They after all wrote it.
Take this from someone who lives in the leafy suburbs of Washington DC. It is virtually IMPOSSIBLE to fire a civil servant. Basically they would have to kill someone on the job, with 3 witnesses, to get relieved of duty. Even then they’d probably get to keep their pension.