Nonsequitur: Obamacare and the IRS
July 25, 2014
WSJ’s Kim Strassel has an excellent analysis of how IRS rule making created legal problems like Halbig v. Burwell.
To summarize: The IRS (famed for nitpicking and prosecuting the tax law), chose to authorize hundreds of billions of illegal subsidies without having performed a smidgen of legal due diligence, and did so at the direction of political taskmasters. The agency’s actions provided aid and comfort to elected Democrats, even as it disenfranchised millions of Americans who voted in their states to reject state-run exchanges. And Treasury knows how ugly this looks, which is why it initially stonewalled Congress in its investigation—at first refusing to give documents to investigators, and redacting large portions of the information.
Read Strassel’s full article here.