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ObamaCare enforcers under fire

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Politics,Chris Stirewalt,Power Play

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OBAMACARE ENFORCERS UNDER FIRE
With just two months until the IRS begins enforcing penalties for Americans who fail to comply with President Obama’s health law, the troubled tax agency is back at center stage for critics of the law and the administration. Attorney General Eric Holder faced a barrage of questions during Senate testimony about his agency’s investigation of wrongdoing at the IRS. The sharpest exchange came with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who was outraged over Holder’s allowing a Democratic donor to be the lead investigator of a scandal involving the targeting of President Obama’s political adversaries by the agency. When Cruz told Holder that the “integrity of the Department of Justice has been compromised,” the attorney general was not amused. Cruz pointed out that it has been more than eight months since Obama said he was “angry” about the scandal and promised to root out abuses in the IRS. Holder dismissed the criticism, saying “I don't know if you have ever conducted an investigation, but they take time.”

Legalize it - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warned that proposed new rules to tighten IRS controls on non-profit groups’ activities would legalize the kind of tactics used in the targeting scandal. McConnell said the pending regulations are meant to silence conservative critics of President Obama ahead of midterm elections. McConnell told Megyn Kelly: “I think what they have decided to do is to take these people off of the playing field, and if it hits a few liberals, fine, but I think what they are really worried about are their conservative critics.” Watch the full interview from “The Kelly File.”

[The latest Kaiser Health poll finds uninsured Americans view ObamaCare unfavorably by nearly a 2-to-1 margin. Seventy-nine percent said they are aware of the law’s tax penalties.]

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