The woman who was in charge of the tax exempt division at the IRS while it was targeting conservative groups is now leading the IRS’ ObamaCare Enforcement division.
Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.
Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at least part of that time, Grant served as deputy commissioner of the tax-exempt unit.
Grant announced today that he would retire June 3, despite being appointed as commissioner of the tax-exempt office May 8, a week ago.
Ace sums up: “So this guy, who may have been promoted to the position just to be fired from it, takes the fall, while the woman actually responsible for the regime is now enforcing ObamaCare.”
“Obamacare empowers the agency that just violated the public’s trust by secretly targeting conservative groups,” Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), R-Ind., said. “Even by Washington’s standards, that’s unacceptable.”
And Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the “Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013” in the debate leading up to the Obamacare vote. The legislation would prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury — or any designate, including the IRS — from enforcing the law.
“Now more than ever, we need to prevent the IRS from having any role in Americans’ health care,” the Texas Republican told ABC. “I do not support Obamacare, and after the events of last week, I cannot support giving the IRS any more responsibility or taxpayer dollars to implement a broken law.”
Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told ABC that the news about Ingram was “stunning, just stunning.”