Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Health Care, Law, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Politics, Statism | Tags: Naive and Arrogant, Obama's Implementing It Anyway, The Affordable Care Act
The Obama administration is not going to await the Supreme Court decision on whether the Affordable Care Act should stand. They are busy at work to ensure that the president’s health care law is implemented. The White House has allocated half a billion dollars to the IRS to put ObamaCare in place. The Hill reports that :
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. The tax agency is responsible for several key provisions of the new law, including the unpopular individual mandate.
The Hill also reports that the White House is spending other funding allocated under ObamaCare.
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.”
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.
HHS has transferred almost $200 million to the IRS over the past two years and plans to transfer more than $300 million this year, according to figures provided by a congressional aide.
How does the money get spent? There are all sorts of new taxes and fees in ObamaCare, and the IRS is responsible for collecting those as well as for enforcing the mandate. The IRS wants to hire 300 new employees next year, and has requested funding for another 537 new employees to administer ObamaCare’s new subsidies for low-and-middle income individuals to purchase insurance.
HHS plans 133 new ObamaCare-related rules as of last fall. Rulemaking related to ObamaCare legislation concerns more than 150 federal agencies, bureaus and commissions. Rules are changing faster than regulators can write them down. Administrators have granted nearly 2,000 waivers to the new regulations, and the long-term care program CLASS, has been dropped as unworkable.
Obama has demonstrated over and over that he has no respect for the Constitution, nor for the separation of powers. He considers the Court and Congress to be impediments to his plans that must be conquered. He has no intention of meekly obeying direction. He is the One, and he intends to get his way.