IRS, Obamacare, and Possible End of
Because of its unipartisan origin and
the vocal GOP opposition, Obamacare is starkly different from anything we have
Tevi Troy, “The Obamacare Blame
Game, “ Commentary, June, 2013
I trace the
current toxic bipartisan blame game to March 23, 2010. On that date,
the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, passed without
a single GOP vote.
unipartisan, unilateral political act, without a solitary vote from the opposition
party, which effected every American in one way or another, was
unprecedented. So were the unipartisan
political actions of the Democratic-controlled IRS, which reports to the White
House. The IRS denied tax-exempt status to conservatives from
2010-2012, during two election cycles, raising the question whether the
supposedly neutral IRS was objective or partisan.
Both acts –
Obamacare and Denial of tax-except status to conservatives - smacks of political arrogance and lack of political
fairness. The 155 visits to the White House smells bad and demand explanation. The GOP response, stonewalling
Obamacare and tying the IRS actions to
the White House, is considered by
many as equally arrogant and
The attitudes of each political
party shows contempt for the motives of the other side. Both sides have poisoned, "frozen " is a better word, the
political well. But both sides agree
that punishing opponents by unilateral government actions questioning their
patriotism religious beliefs, contents of their prayers, motives of their supporters, lists of their supporters,
by intrusive and personal surveys is unfair and must stop.
2010 have further frozen the two parties into their respective positions.
the Democratic side, the economic
recovery have been tepid, with a 2.2% growth rate rather than the expected 4-5%
as in 5 previous recession recoveries since World War II. Furthermore,
unemployement has remained at record highs; hiring has been depressed partly because of
uncertainties about expenses of Obamacare plans ;
the cost of Obamacare, originally estimated at $884 billion, has grown to a projected $2.7 trillion one believes the minority report of the
Senate Budget Committee; and various
polls show only a 35% overall approval of Obamacare with 54% favoring repeal or
significant reform. Democrats say GOP
obstructionism and partisan underfunding are to blame for this lackluster performance.
the Republicans have criticized Obamacare at every turn, saying it is
unworkable, overly bureaucratic, and fraught
with delays more than half of the time, while penalizing economic growth with a
complex incomprehensible bill loaded with 20,000 pages of regulation. In the 2010 midterms, conservatives, led by Tea Party activists,
flipped 63 House seats and 6 Senate seats.
That legislative defeat did not break the political ice, merely hardened it, nor did the June 2012 Supreme Court decision
declaring the Individual Mandate constitutional but giving the States the
option of opting out of Medicaid expansion – the heart and guts of Obamacare.
me to my thesis that the IRS scandal may be an unexpected opportunity to
restore bipartisanship and government trust.
A half a loaf of bread is better than no loaf at all. Democrats have the opportunity to retain the
law, and to retain some of its positive elements albeit in an altered state by compromising and lowering costs and by
reorganizing the IRS to deliver impartial laws and be ferreting out its irresponsible
leaders whoever they may be .
Republicans have an opening whereby they can get certain things they
want - giving the States the flexibility
to administer their own Medicaid
programs to fit their individual States’ population needs, which vary from
State to State; reducing overly generous
federal subsidies of $89,600 to families of four up to 4 times the level of
poverty; repealing the innovation-killing medical device tax; expanding and
empowering Health Savings Accounts to lower health coverage expenses for
businesses, and giving market forces the
room to innovate without burdening them with 20,000 pages of new regulations, penalties,
fines, and mandates, enforced and overseen by 21,347 new IRS agents.
Tweet: The public views
Obamacare and the IRS scandal are unipartisan acts defying the public will. Now
is the time to restore trust in government.
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