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    Default The ObamaCare-IRS Nexus

    The supposedly independent agency harassed the administration's political opponents and saved its health-care law.

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/kim-s...xus-1406244677

    http://tinyurl.com/lbly5a5

    by Kim Strassel
    July 24, 2014 7:31 p.m. ET

    One of the big questions out of the IRS targeting scandal is this: How can an agency that engaged in such political misconduct be trusted to implement ObamaCare? This week's Halbig v. Burwell ruling reminded us of the answer. It can't.

    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Halbig that the administration had illegally provided ObamaCare subsidies in 36 insurance exchanges run by the federal government. Yet it wasn't the "administration" as a whole that issued the lawless subsidy gift. It was the administration acting through its new, favorite enforcer: the IRS.

    And it was entirely political. Democrats needed those subsidies. The party had assumed that dangling subsidies before the states would induce them to set up exchanges. When dozens instead refused, the White House was faced with the prospect that citizens in 36 states—two-thirds of the country—would be exposed to the full cost of ObamaCare's overpriced insurance. The backlash would have been horrific, potentially forcing Democrats to reopen the law, or even costing President Obama re-election.

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    Curious. I'm not a subscriber but I can see the article.

    Try this:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/201...us_337595.html

    This will take you to a Google search result for the article. Click and that and then click on it again. Don't know why it worked but it does for me.
    Eric

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    Struan's Master of the Hunt JH, WC ("Charlie")
    Struan's Just Plain Perfect ("Jane")
    Struan's Driving Us Crazy ("Daisy") ... the baby in charge

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