Ex-President Barack Obama led a corrupt IRS. The powerful agency became embroiled in multiple scandals throughout Obama’s eight years in the White House. New evidence of corruption and government waste has just been released.
A conservative watchdog group has discovered the Obama’s IRS agents wasted a whopping $5 million on a simple letter-writing campaign. The agency hoped to shame people who hadn’t yet purchased Obamacare coverage.
“Attached are drafts of the letters that IRS will send to selected taxpayers who paid a penalty for failure to have coverage or who claimed an exemption from the coverage requirement for tax year 2015,” Janet McCubbin, director of individual taxation at the IRS, . “As you know, we are planning to send several different versions of the letter to see which types of messages work best.”
What isn’t explained is why it cost millions of dollars to draft up a few form letters. They weren’t creating poetry to rival Shakespeare; they wrote bland notices that were probably thrown out before they were read.
“The law requires people to have a minimum level of health coverage, qualify for an exemption, or pay a penalty when they file their taxes,” one of the letter’s read.
“Our records show you claimed an exemption from the health coverage requirement when you filed your 2015 taxes. If you or someone in your family doesn’t have health insurance or an exemption next year, you’ll likely owe a penalty for 2017. We are writing to make sure you know how you can avoid this penalty by signing up for health insurance or getting an exemption.”
In other versions, the author focuses on scaring people with the amount they would have to pay if they refuse to buy “proper” coverage. “The penalty for not having any health-coverage or an exemption in 2017 will be at least $695 per adult and $347 per child (up to $2,085 per family), and could be more, depending on your income,” the letters read.
American families are struggling. Most people can’t afford to pay high premiums attached to Obamacare. It’s bad enough that the Obama administration failed to provide the country with adequate healthcare, but to find out that he used a federal agency to shame struggling citizens is disturbing.
“So now we have more evidence of more Obama IRS abuses targeting innocent Americans—all in the name of Obamacare,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.
“No wonder it took a federal lawsuit and court order to get these documents—as they show the Obama White House and its agencies were happy to threaten and treat Americans like lab rats in order to bolster Obamacare.”
Fitton’s group is responsible for uncovering the scandal. Obama’s administration was the opposite of transparent. The Obamacare letters scandal isn’t even the worse activity that the IRS engaged in under Obama’s direction.
“In May 2013, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a indicating the targeting involved delaying the processing of applications by certain conservative groups and requesting information from them that was later deemed unnecessary,” CNN .
The Obama administration openly targeted conservatives. Groups that included “patriot” or “tea party” in their name received more scrutiny from the IRS than those that didn’t. It’s illegal for the IRS to unfairly target people or groups, but that didn’t stop Team Obama.
Americans already mistrusted the IRS. Taxes are too high and wages are too low. People are having a hard time supporting their families. Obama’s machinations might have far-reaching consequences. He tried to erode the public’s trust in Washington.
“Under… Obama, the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House’s Behavioral Sciences Team created a $5 million program to target and pressure those who refused Obamacare and either decided to pay a penalty instead or were exempt from being forced to purchase coverage,” the Washington Free Beacon .
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