Thanks, Obama: Poorest Obamacare Recipients Billed $531 By IRS

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This is from Town Hall.

Obamabots how do you like your free healthcare?

Isn’t it nice how the rich are getting screwed into paying for your health care?

Oh, you say you are not rich looks like you are still paying for your free healthcare.


The burden of Obamacare is hitting the program’s poorest recipients with a $531 tax bill by the IRS that cuts into their returns by 17 percent, according to a study conducted by H&R Block. In the study, Americans making 133 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level qualify for a tax credit to purchase health insurance. But, in the end, 52 percent will actually owe the IRS money. The study also found that the average individual mandate penalty is $172 (via ATR):

The majority (52 percent) of Obamacare enrollees receiving an advance premium tax credit to purchase Obamacare insurance is facing the prospect of paying back $530 of that tax credit to the IRS, according to a new study from H&R Block. Thisclawback is reducing the refunds for these taxpayers by 17 percent this filing season.Under Obamacare, taxpayers earning between 133 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible to receive a tax credit to help purchase insurance on Obamacare exchanges. This tax credit is calculated using old tax data of the recipients. The credit is advanced ahead of time to the taxpayer’s insurance company. The taxpayer must reconcile at tax time the advance credit received with the actual credit she is eligible for.

Families of four earning less than $97,000 are eligible for a credit. So is a single mother with two children earning less than $80,000 and an unmarried/childless taxpayer earning less than about $12,000. By definition, these are the lowest income recipients of Obamacare health insurance outside the Medicaid-eligible population.

According to the study, a majority of credit recipients–52 percent–have had to pay back the IRS an average of $530, reducing their refunds by an average of 17 percent.

As Katie and Guy have reported, the government sending the wrong tax information is highly embarrassing; the  individual mandate penalty (taxes, really) is set for a huge increase this year; and the issues with subsidies and the Medicaid expansion in California are just more stories to be added in the annals of this messy rollout.×9&widgetId=2&trackingGroup=69017



Which is worse?

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This is from Town Hall.

In my opinion the two-year gap in Lerner’s email is worse the 18.5 minute gap in Nixon’s tape.

Yet Nixon was almost impeached over Watergate.


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Convenient: IRS Has ‘Lost’ Two Years of Lois Lerner’s Emails

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This is from Town Hall.

Do you smell what I smell?

It smells like Bravo Sierra.



According to the House Ways and Means Committee, the IRS has “lost” two years of emails belonging to former head of tax exempt organizations Lois Lerner. The IRS doesn’t have a record of her emails to outside groups or government agencies from January 2009 through April 2011, conveniently encompassing some of the same time when tea party groups were being targeted for extra scrutiny and possible criminal prosecution. The IRS says the loss of emails is due to a “computer crash” and claims emails from or to Lerner from the White House, Democratic members of Congress, the Treasury Department, FEC and Department of Justice cannot be located. They do however have emails belonging to Lerner that she sent to other IRS employees.

“The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response to Congressional inquiries. There needs to be an immediate investigation and forensic audit by Department of Justice as well as the Inspector General,” Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said in a statement. “Just a short time ago, Commissioner Koskinen promised to produce all Lerner documents. It appears now that was an empty promise. Frankly, these are the critical years of the targeting of conservative groups that could explain who knew what when, and what, if any, coordination there was between agencies. Instead, because of this loss of documents, we are conveniently left to believe that Lois Lerner acted alone. This failure of the IRS requires the White House, which promised to get to the bottom of this, to do an Administration-wide search and production of any emails to or from Lois Lerner. The Administration has repeatedly referred us back to the IRS for production of materials. It is clear that is wholly insufficient when it comes to determining the full scope of the violation of taxpayer rights.”

Emails belonging to Lerner that were not “lost” have shown that she was contactin with Democratic members of Congress and the Department of Justice about prosecuting tea party groups. Just this week, emails surfaced showing Lerner sent confidential tax information belonging to conservative groups to the FBI for investigation just before the 2010 midterm elections.

According to Camp, this is the first time the IRS has disclosed the loss of emails since the investigation into IRS targeting of conservatives started more than a year ago.

Camp: Learning about this over a year into the investigation is unacceptable & calls into question the credibility of the IRS’s response

UPDATE: Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa responds:

 “Isn’t it convenient for the Obama Administration that the IRS now says it has suddenly realized it lost Lois Lerner’s emails requested by Congress and promised by Commissioner John Koskinen? Do they really expect the American people to believe that, after having withheld these emails for a year, they’re just now realizing the most critical time period is missing? Congressional oversight has revealed that the IRS has –potentially illegally– shared confidential taxpayer information with the FBI and lost crucial email records even as the agency continues to withhold information by not fully complying with the Committee’s subpoena. Left to the IRS’ own preferences, the White House would still be retelling the lie that this was all about mismanagement confined to a local office. The supposed loss of Lerner’s emails further blows a hole in the credibility of claims that the IRS is complying with Congressional requests and their repeated assurances that they’re working to get to the truth. If there wasn’t nefarious conduct that went much higher than Lois Lerner in the IRS targeting scandal, why are they playing these games?”


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Trey Gowdy Erupts During House Floor Speech Aimed at Dems Making Excuses for Ex-IRS Official Lois Lerner


This is from The Blaze.

You can bet Trey Gowdy(R-SC) will be in the DemocRats cross hairs hoping to defeat him in November.


Speaking on the House floor Thursday, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) lost his patience with Democrats who are making excuses about why ex-IRS official Lois Lerner shouldn’t have to testify before Congress about the agency’s targeting scandal.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

While some Democrats argue she isn’t required to testify because she’s invoked her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, Gowdy explained why she has waived those rights in an impassioned floor speech.

“Mr. Chairman, I counted 17 separate factual assertions by Mrs. Lerner — not those three little sentences that my colleagues like to cite,” Gowdy said. “That is a lot of talking for someone who wants to remain silent! That’s a lot of talking! If you honestly believe you can make 17 separate factual assertions and still invoke your right to remain silent, then please tell me what waiver is.”

He pointed out that Lerner testified that she had broken no rules or laws during her time at the IRS, which he claims is problematic by itself in regards to the law.

“Can you imagine a fact pattern where somebody takes the stand and says, ‘I didn’t rob the bank. But I’m not gonna answer why my fingerprints are on the demand note,’” Gowdy continued. “‘And I’m not gonna tell you why I’m on the surveillance footage with a gun in my hand. And I’m not gonna tell you why the dye pack blew up in my car. I’m just gonna tell you I didn’t rob the bank!’ That’s not the way our system works.”

Ted Cruz: Abolish the IRS

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This is from Joe For America.

Abolish the IRS then implement a flat tax or fair tax.


Ted Cruz, the rock-ribbed conservative Texas senator who figures to be a factor in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, told thousands of conservatives Thursday morning that the IRS should go the way of the dodo.

‘We need to abolish the IRS,’ he said, calling instead for a flat income tax rate and a user-friendly tax return that can be filed on a postcard.

That verbal gauntlet, thrown as much at a near-century of tax collection as at the Obama administration, was Cruz’s biggest applause line.

‘By virtue of your being here today,’ he jokingly cautioned the nation’s largest annual gathering of politically conservative activists, ‘tomorrow each and every one of you is going to be audited by the IRS.’

On Wednesday the former IRS official in charge of vetting nonprofit groups that seek tax-exempt charitable status refused, for the second time, to tell a congressional committee what she knew about the scandal.

Lois Lerner claimed the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment afforded the right to remain silent, despite a party-line ruling from the House Oversight Committee that she waived that privilege by offering a lengthy opening statement in a May 2013 hearing.

More than 200 right-wing organizations, mostly those linked to the tea party movement, sat in limbo for as many as three years while the IRS dithered and held them up during two election cycles.

House to Vote on Bill to Stop ‘Imperial Presidency’ Next Week

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This is from The Washington Free Beacon.

I have mixed emotions about H.R.4138.

My biggest fear is it is a paper tiger.


House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.) and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) laid out their plans to counter President Barack Obama’s executive overreach, in a conference call Thursday.

The House will continue its efforts to push back against the “imperial presidency” next week, by voting on additional legislation that would allow Congress to challenge executive moves in federal court.

“Clearly President Obama has taken the über presidency to a whole new level,” McMorris Rodgers said. “While it’s not new for presidents to stretch their constitutional limits of power, executive overreach has accelerated at a faster pace under President Obama.”

“Throughout his tenure we have witnessed a pattern,” she said. “When the president disagrees with laws, he ignores them. And now that Obamacare isn’t working, President Obama is rewriting his own law on a whim.”

“He may have his pen and his phone, but we have the Constitution, and we must abide by it,” McMorris Rodgers said.

Republican complaints against Obama’s unilateral actions were only exacerbated this week when the administration announced that individuals would be able to keep their so-called “substandard” health insurance plans that do not comply with Obamacare until October 2017.

“This is just another example of the president picking and choosing portions of the law that he wants to enforce,” McMorris Rodgers said. “If you’ve spent any time around the legislative process, you know that there’s a big difference between the word ‘shall’ and ‘may.’ And you don’t have the choice when you are implementing the law to decide that you’re going to treat it as a ‘may.’ And that is what this president is doing.”

“[Obama] is unilaterally deciding what portions of the law he is going to implement and how and when he’s going to go about that,” she said.

Chairman Issa, who has led the push against the IRS targeting of conservative groups, said what is more concerning is the lack of transparency by the Obama administration.

Overreach at the IRS stands out, Issa said, while other abuses go unnoticed.

“The harder ones are simple discovery,” he said. “Every committee of the Congress has asked for and not received information on areas [such as] Benghazi, Fast and Furious, investigations of wrongdoing often having nothing directly to do with the president.”

“But repeatedly the president—who promised us the most transparent administration—has been the least willing to cooperate with Congress’ need to hold people accountable,” Issa said.

The lawmakers said H.R. 4138, the “ENFORCE the Law Act,” sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) is the best solution to ensure the president abides by Article II, section 3, the obligation to faithfully execute the law.

“It would be a clear delineation that Congress, either the House or the Senate, on behalf of the American people would have the ability to bring to the courts, just as an individual might if they have been harmed by their government, a concern about an executive order, or any overreach or misuse of the law,” Issa said.

The bill would authorize the House or Senate to sue the executive branch for not enforcing laws and provide an expedited process through federal district courts.

“This expedited review is crucial in order to ensure that when a lawsuit is brought against the administration to enforce our laws, the courts not only grant Congress standing, but also hear the case on an expedited timeline to prevent the president from stalling the litigation until his term is up,” Gowdy’s office said when announcing the legislation.

Gowdy said the most recent Obamacare delay emphasizes the need for his legislation.

“The latest delay once again illustrates how the president will unilaterally change a law to suit his political needs—even if it is his signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act,” he said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon.

“The administration is rewriting our laws by administrative fiat. This is not how our system was designed to work and the American people expect us to step up and take a stand,” Gowdy said.  “The ENFORCE the Law Act is one more remedy Congress can use to rein in executive overreach.”

Issa said the bill is the “perfect example” of what the House can do to “push back against any imperial presidency.”

“The left is constantly bringing suits to the EPA based on not doing enough on clean air and clean water and so on, and they’re always granted standing and then ultimately they often are forcing the EPA through ‘sue and settle’ to do things,” he said. “And yet when the president does something through executive order, or the EPA does something beyond their jurisdiction, it’s very hard to get into court. So this is a really smart way to do it.”

The House is expected to vote on the bill next week. Though Democrats control the Senate, Issa said Republicans are serious about advancing the legislation and could attach it to a “must-pass” bill, such as a budgetary measure, to force the Senate’s hand.

“One of the biggest challenges that we’ve had, specifically related to Obamacare, is that no one has standing in court yet,” McMorris Rodgers said. “Members in the House of Representatives have a responsibility to the people that we represent— 700,000 a piece.”


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This is from Breitbarts Big Government.

Obama is using the IRS like his own personal Gestapo

to punish and destroy his enemies.

Yet Congress does nothing and will do nothing.


The Internal Revenue Service quietly proposed new regulationsaimed at 501(c)(4) organizations during the Thanksgiving recess that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, called “a crass political effort by the Administration to get what political advantage they can, when they can.”

Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations were apparently singled out by the IRS starting in 2010, and the heavy hand of government suppression of these groups may have greatly attributed to Obama’s re-election, an American Enterprise Institute study revealed in October.

The Washington Post reported last week the Treasury Department said the new rules “may be both more restrictive and more permissive than the current approach.” The new rules focus on organizations known as “social welfare” groups that regulated within section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. Conservative political operations, liberal groups before them, began to organize under the 501 (c)(4) umbrella in the past ten years, and having such a tax status would allow these organizations from disclosing their donors.

A 54-year-old rule says that an organization can become a social welfare organization “if it is primarily engaged in promoting in some way the common good and general welfare of the people of the community.” The new IRS regulation now says “campaign-related political activity” cannot count towards a group’s social welfare mission. Such a regulation would discount numerous conservative advocacy groups either seeking for or wanting to maintain a 501(c)(4) tax status. According to the Post:

“The phone and e-mail exploded,” said Dan Backer, an Alexandria lawyer specializing in election law who represents many nonprofit groups on the right. “We are all going to spend a tremendous amount of time and energy fighting back against this.”

“The IRS is approaching this as, ‘We are giving you the right to speak and you are going to speak within the confines we tell you,’ ” Backer added. “And that’s wrong. This whole effort is simply a way to empower government to regulate speech.” …

“Treasury and the IRS drew a very deep and troubling line in the sand,” the Alliance for Justice, an association of more than 100 nonprofit groups on the left, said in a statement. “Though the new definitions attempt to clarify existing rules, they also create a danger to citizen participation in our democracy.”

Issa’s Committee has been investigating evidence this past year showing the IRS targeted Tea Party, religious, and other conservative organizations. In a statement released by Issa’s Committee office last week, the chairman said:

This new effort by the Obama Administration to limit traditional advocacy efforts by social welfare organizations will have a much more profound impact on grassroots and community organizations than on the well-heeled groups it supposedly targets. The fact that the Administration’s new effort only applies to social welfare organizations — and not powerful unions or business groups — underscores that this is a crass political effort by the Administration to get what political advantage they can, when they can.

The Committee’s interim report into the IRS’s targeting scandal explained how the Citizens United decision caused the IRS to handle conservative tax-exempt applicants in a distinct and unfair manner. The regulation released today continues this Administration’s unfortunate pattern of stifling constitutional free speech.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Committee, saw the new IRS regulations as a positive step forward. Cummings’ office released a statement last week expressing the congressman’s satisfaction with the new rules:

Today by clarifying the confusing regulations governing the amount of political campaign activity that tax-exempt organizations can conduct, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department have taken another important step in implementing the recommendations made by the Inspector General earlier this year.   Our investigation has shown that reforming these tax rules is essential, and I hope that we can put aside partisan politics and work together to ensure that these reforms work for everyone.

In the meantime, the Oversight Committee, according to Issa, continues to be stonewalled by the FBI over the Committee’s investigation  into whether the IRS targeted the conservative group True the Vote. Issa is now threatening to subpoena FBI director James Comey to get the information he says Oversight needs.




Obama Orders IRS to Shutdown Non-Profits That Speak Out Against Him

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This is from Godfather Politics.

How long will we keep letting Dictator Obama keep

his job?

Nixon was damn close to be impeached for a whole

Hell of a lot less.


Remember the IRS scandal that erupted after last year’s elections?  The IRS had intentionally targeted Tea Party, patriotic, Christian and other conservative groups applying for non-profit tax status.  They delayed the applications for as much as three years and tried to demand information that was not pertinent to the application process, even though Obama’s brother’s non-profit got his non-profit status in just over 30 days after being in violation of acting as a non-profit for over 2 years.

Many people felt that IRS targeting was dictated by Obama who met with the director of the IRS more than any another member of his cabinet.  Some conservatives believed that Obama should have resigned over the scandal, but after stealing the presidency, nothing is going to stop Obama from taking over the country.

In another dictatorial move to squelch any and all opposition to his socialist dictatorship, President Obama’s administration has ordered the IRS to take action against all non-profits classified as social welfare 501(c)4 groups involved in political activities.  This move appears to be targeting conservative groups and PACs such as Crossroads GPS and Priorities USA, both of which have been very vocal in their opposition to Obama and his policies.

On Tuesday, the IRS and Treasury Department offered up a new set of rules that would forbid non-profit organizations from being involved in any ‘candidate-related political activity.’  The banned activities would include registering voters, distributing campaign literature and running campaign related advertisements.

According to Mark Mazur, Assistant Treasury Secretary for Tax Policy:

“This proposed guidance is a first critical step toward creating clear-cut definitions of political activity by tax-exempt social welfare organizations.  We are committed to getting this right before issuing final guidance that may affect a broad group of organizations.”

“It will take time to work through the regulatory process and carefully consider all public feedback as we strive to ensure that the standards for tax-exemption are clear and can be applied consistently.”

Not everyone thinks this move to politically gag non-profits is a good nonpartisan idea.  Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is representing over three dozen organizations that have filed a lawsuit against the IRS told the New York Times:

“This is a feeble attempt by the Obama administration to justify its own wrongdoing with the IRS targeting of conservative and tea party groups.”

Nick Ryan, who founded the Iowa based 501(c)4 non-profit group The American Future Fund, also told the New York Times:

“Unfortunately, it appears that the same bureaucrats that attempted to suppress the speech of conservative groups in recent years has now put together new rules that apply to (c)4 groups but do not apply to liberal groups like labor unions.”

“I wish I could say I am surprised, but I am not.”

Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, commented about the new proposals, saying:

“There continues to be an ongoing investigation, with many documents yet to be uncovered, into how the IRS systematically targeted and abused conservative-leaning groups.  This smacks of the administration trying to shut down potential critics.”

One way or another, Obama is bound and determined to stop as many of his critics as possible, legally or illegally. He doesn’t believe in the First Amendment rights of free speech and religion.  The Constitution and laws mean nothing to him or his cronies.  They will trample anything and anyone that gets in their way from accomplishing their socialist agenda.
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Dr. Ben Carson says IRS targeted him for his anti-Obama comments

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This is from Fox News Politics.

 Adolph Hitler used the SS and Gestapo to harass then destroy his enemies

Comrade Obama uses the DOJ and the IRS to harass and destroy his enemies.

Like Hitler, Obama’s enemies are all a figment of his paranoid delusional personality. 



WASHINGTON –  Dr. Ben Carson, the former surgeon who criticized President Obama over his lack of leadership and health care plan earlier this year, now claims he was unfairly targeted by the IRS because of his comments against the administration.

During an interview on “The O’Reilly Factor” Wednesday, Carson says the Internal Revenue Service started looking into his real estate holdings following his comments against the White House at the National Prayer Breakfast in February.

Carson says he had never had a problem with the tax-collecting agency until he spoke out against the president.

Eventually, the IRS conducted a full audit against Carson and found no wrongdoing, he said.

When asked directly by O’Reilly if he was targeted because of his anti-Obama stance, Carson responded, “Well, whether that was the case or not, the fundamental issue here is that the freedom of our citizens is being threatened.”

Carson went on to say he thought the issue is a “much more serious thing than Watergate or Iran-Contra or Benghazigate. Freedom of speech, freedom of expression, is one of the major principles of our country.”

Carson, a former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, first said he was targeted by the IRS at an event in Birmingham, Ala., Monday night.

“I had my first encounter with the IRS this year, unsurprisingly after the prayer breakfast,” he said at the annual Business Council of Alabama Chairman’s Dinner.

Calls to the IRS for comment were not immediately returned.


IRS Staffers ‘Acutely Aware’ That Obama Wanted Conservatives Targeted

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This is from Godfather Politics.

The IRS staffers were keenly aware of Obama’s wishes.

The DemocRat staff on the Ways and Means committee are full of

what Bess Truman tried for thirty years fertilizer.

That being Bull sh$$.


IRS staff members were “acutely aware” in 2010 that the president wanted to  see conservative groups targeted, according to an interim report being  circulated by congressional investigators.

The report stops short of identifying any politicians who may have ordered  the harassment of Tea Party and other conservative groups applying for nonprofit  status, but it says oddly that agents of the IRS were “aware” that they should  single out such groups and forward many of them to a particular office.

Further, the report strangely says that the agents were encouraged by media  reports making fun of the Tea Party and other conservatives.

The report prepared by staffers for Rep. Darrell Issa and the House Oversight  and Government Reform Committee quoted two IRS sources as saying that conservative groups were  targeted because “they were likely to attract media attention” that would be  unfavorable to President Obama.

In the report, IRS officials deny any political motivation or receiving  orders from any politician. But the investigators show that the IRS at the very  least was taking “cues” from politicians’ comments in the media when they  designed a program to screen out conservative applications and forward some of  them to headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The groups that were targeted had their applications delayed for months or  even years, and they were blocked by numerous rounds of paperwork beyond what  was normally required for nonprofit applications, including extensive  questionnaires that asked intrusive and possibly illegal questions such as  information about donors, speakers, members’ financial and personal data, and in  at least one prolife group’s case, the content of group members’ prayers.

Democratic staffers on the Ways and Means Committee are still running around  saying there is no evidence of political motivation, claiming liberal groups  were targeted too (they weren’t).

The IRS targeting was politically motivated on its face, so saying it wasn’t  is like saying water isn’t wet.

There are obviously efforts going on to cover up the truth. Low-level federal  employees don’t just start discriminating against a swath of Americans and  sending their applications to headquarters for vetting because they saw a story  on CNN or the Huffington Post.

This had to come from higher up, and it’s a safe bet that at some point, the  White House or someone in Congress met with someone from the IRS and made them  “acutely aware” of the president’s wishes.

This is one more “phony scandal” that isn’t going away.



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