Sen. Rand Paul said yesterday that “it’s so tragic that it’s almost humorous” that the former head of the Internal Revenue Service department involved in the targeting of conservative groups is now running the agency’s unit charged with implementing Obamacare.
“It’s just hard for me to believe,” the Kentucky Republican told former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on his Fox News program. “Most of us not only want people fired who abuse their power – some of them should probably be imprisoned – and instead we’re finding out they’re being promoted.
“We’re quite unhappy and, really, the president hasn’t quite gotten this,” Paul added. “Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, nobody wants the government so powerful that they can use that power to abuse their political opponents.”
Sarah Hall Ingram is now overseeing the division charged with implementing Obamacare. She was commissioner of the IRS office responsible for tax-exempt organizations from 2009 to 2012.
Obamacare has 47 separate provisions that require IRS involvement. It is the second-largest agency, after the Department of Health and Human Services, charged with implementing the healthcare act.
The IRS is charged with administering Obamacare’s required purchase of health coverage and checking whether millions of Americans are in compliance.
“They’re going to find that really a lot of people are upset by this – not just Republicans – but a lot of people worry about a government that powerful,” Paul told Huckabee.
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