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WH Diverted $500M To IRS For Obama-Care

From The Hill:

White House has diverted $500M to IRS to implement healthcare law

By Sam Baker – 04/09/12

The Obama administration is quietly diverting roughly $500 million to the IRS to help implement the president’s healthcare law.

The money is only part of the IRS’s total implementation spending, and it is being provided outside the normal appropriations process

Republican lawmakers have tried to cut off funding to implement the healthcare law, at least until after the Supreme Court decides whether to strike it down… The Obama administration has plowed ahead despite the legal and political challenges.

It has moved aggressively to get important policies in place. And, according to a review of budget documents and figures provided by congressional staff, the administration is also burning through implementation funding provided in the healthcare law.

In other words, the administration is trying to shovel as much money to their friends as possible before the law is struck down.

The law contains dozens of targeted appropriations to implement specific provisions. It also gave the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a $1 billion implementation fund, to use as it sees fit. Republicans have called it a “slush fund.”

And that is still too polite a term for what this is. But those votes aren’t going to buy themselves.

HHS plans to drain the entire fund by September — before the presidential election, and more than a year before most of the healthcare law takes effect. Roughly half of that money will ultimately go to the IRS

And the rest will go to Obama’s foot soldiers who will be ringing doorbells and manning phone banks for his re-election.

The transfers also allow the IRS to make the healthcare law a smaller part of its public budget figures. For example, the tax agency requested $8 million next year to implement the individual mandate, and said the money would not pay for any new employees

In other words, the IRS is using this shell game to lie about the true costs of enforcing Obama-Care.

What a surprise, huh?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 9th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “WH Diverted $500M To IRS For Obama-Care”

  1. dasher says:

    No, no surprise here. However, if this were a pet project of W, the skys would be trembling with the fury of the media.


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