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Government can’t be trusted with our health

Published 12:58am Sunday, May 19, 2013

“We have a large government,” political consultant David Axelrod offered as a plea of ignorance to all of the scandals swirling around his boss. “Part of being president is there’s so much beneath you that you can’t know because the government is so vast.”

And yet, thanks to Axelrod and Obama, we now stand on the precipice of the largest expansion of government power in almost half a century: Obamacare, officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

PPACA massively expands and empowers the same IRS that President Obama himself admits is an out-of-control agency that is being ineffectively managed by his administration.

And it also creates sweeping new powers for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is being engulfed in its own scandal that, most likely, Obama will also claim to know nothing about.

According to the Government Accountability Office, Obamacare creates 47 broad new tax and regulatory powers for the IRS, including taxes on individuals, employers, health insurance providers, and medical device manufacturers. Implementing these taxes and attendant regulatory requirements will mean collecting a vast amount of data, including sensitive health information.

The IRS has already proven itself unworthy of such new powers. Not only in its systematic targeting of political enemies, shamefully including those groups “educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” which was supposed to be a fix to early targeting based on the words “tea party” and “patriot.”

These groups were, illegally, asked to reveal their membership lists and answer detailed intrusive questions. And while hundreds of conservative groups opposed to PPACA and its vast expansion of IRS power were stalled for over two years, liberal groups engaging in the exact same activities were approved quickly with no questions asked.

It is not an open question whether IRS abuse of power will extend to PPACA implementation; it has already happened.

The same IRS commissioner, Douglas Shulman (a Democrat originally appointed by President Bush and retained by President Obama) who told Congress falsely, “There’s absolutely no targeting,” also spearheaded an illegal IRS rulemaking that effectively blocks states from exercising their lawful right under PPACA to opt out of the law’s vast new taxpayer-funded subsidies and employer penalty taxes.

Michael Carvin of Jones Day, the lead counsel in a recently filed lawsuit against the rule said: “The IRS rule we are challenging is at war with the Act’s plain language and completely rewrites the deal that Congress made with the states on running these insurance exchanges.”

So the same IRS that steamrolled political opponents is already overstepping its new health care powers to steamroll states. And the IRS is also, in a separate lawsuit, accused of illegally seizing 60 million private health record of 10 million individuals.

Meanwhile, the other lead agency in PPACA implementation has its own scandal. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been calling corporate CEOs and shaking them down for donations to a left-wing group called Enroll America to aggressively promote PPACA and urge people to sign up for the law’s new entitlement program.

Her actions violate several federal laws, and any other week it would have been a lead story instead of relegated to the number four scandal slot.

And while Sebelius is dialing-for-dollars, she is also reallocating money from a slush fund created by the law toward public relations and political activity instead of using it to help people with preexisting conditions.

About 40,000 people with preexisting conditions will go without any coverage this year because Sebelius chose to end enrollment in the federal Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan in order to instead fund TV advertising and grants to lobbying groups.

So HHS is abusing taxpayer dollars as well as shaking down private citizens for coerced donations, all to maximize spending on their political push to build support for the unpopular law, instead of actually helping sick people.

The scandals will only get worse. Government is already, by David Axelrod’s admission, too vast for the president to understand, let alone effectively manage. And it is spinning further out of control, with the health of the American people in the balance. Health care is simply too important to subject to politics and bureaucratic manipulation. It’s time to repeal PPACA and start over with real health care reform that empowers patients and doctors, not the IRS and HHS.


Phil Kerpen is the president of American Commitment and the author of “Democracy Denied.” Kerpen can be reached at


  • mickakers

    79Tiger; Your lack of respect for the United Nations and what it stands for is indicative of a weakness in understanding and comprehension. The United Nations is the greatest organization in the history of mankind, with the exception of the Church.

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  • 79Tiger

    The United Nations wouldn’t know a human right from a dead body on the ground, which is what they are good at causing. Did you operate at a profit during your working years mick? Did you only spend what it took to survive and give the rest away? Did you have some savings when you retired? If so, why didn’t you give that to the government? That was profit you hypocrite.

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  • mickakers

    79Tiger; As a PS: YES, MOST EMPHATICALLY, Medical Care is a basic Human Right. Profits take second place. Medical Care is a Vocation not a profession.

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  • mickakers

    79Tiger; Please do a search on (basic rights) and then click on (We have 30 Basic Human Rights: Do You Know Them? Samaritan). These are the thirty basic human rights according to the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, created by the United Nations in 1948. Health Care is included. You have broached a deep subject “rights”. Please do a search on the Golden Rule, Wikipedia has a good article.

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  • 79Tiger

    Medical care is not a basic right. Please define rights Mick. Also, if the medical profession is unable to make a profit, who is going to pay for all the R&D on top of all of those that receive care when they cannot afford it? Money doesn’t just print itself unless you are the federal government.

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  • mikehaney

    President Obama is the most corrupt president in U.S. history. His actions are against everything this country was founded upon and stands for. He is a danger to America. We are therefore calling for his impeachment and removal from office. We urge you to join us for the good of our nation and to keep the legacy of our Founding Fathers alive.

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  • deist

    First, akers, great posts. Could not have said it better. mikehaney, do you really think abortions will stop if Roe v. Wade is overturned? To call Obama a Marxist, shows your lack of knowledge about what Marxism is. If Obama was a Marxist, he wouldbe the worlds worst. And all of the other comments you made, fit with the letter from The Heritage Foundation to Cnator and Boehner. It told them to not, that is right , NOT legislate, but to scandalize this Presidency. I would be ashamed as an American to say I do not care about this country getting stronger.

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  • mikehaney

    Mick– I find it rather infantile saying “Government can’t be trusted with our health”.
    I wonder what the 55 million slaughtered babies think of your statement Mick. Would you say that a baby in the womb is infantile when he says “that hurts”,when his arm is ripped off or his skull is crushed?
    Put simply, progressives cannot be trusted to do the “right thing” instinctively because they universally lack those instincts which produce common sense, intelligent thought, and moral decency.

    Which is why America, under the curse of Barack Obama and his Marxist, mobster friends, is a safe haven for baby killers, alien invaders, and terrorists, while being aggressively hostile toward those who advocate patriotism, rule of law, the sacred institution of one man-one woman marriage and traditional American values.

    Progressive insanity is why four American patriots in Benghazi, Libya were left to die while faithfully serving their nation, and why the Obama administration deliberately lied and covered-up the facts to avoid embarrassing the president whose misguided policies and naïve presumptions were causative in the loss of those four precious American lives.

    Progressive insanity is also why the IRS was used illegally against Republicans, and why that truth was withheld from the American public until after the November election.

    Progressive insanity is why the First Amendment rights of the Associated Press were ignored by Eric Holder and his corrupt Department of Justice, and which is why Holder ducked behind an undocumented claim of his personal recusation to avoid answering questions before Congress.

    Progressive insanity is why Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano has spent millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase unneeded ammunition just to infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of gun owners.

    Progressive insanity is why America is headed toward a civil war and or bankruptcy!

    John W. Lillpop is a recovering liberal. “Clean and sober” since 1992 when last he voted for a Democrat. Pray for John: He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where people like Nancy Pelosi are actually considered normal!.

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  • mickakers

    Phil Kerpen; As a PS: Medical Care is a basic Human Right and SERVICE not a business for profit.

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  • mickakers

    Phil Kerpen; The United States is the only major country in the world not having socialized medicine. On the whole, those countries practicing socialized medicine are just if not better well off than we are. I find it rather infantile saying “Government can’t be trusted with our health”, when we are the Government. Do you place your trust and confidence in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Industry? If so, I feel your trust is misplaced. I feel they’re primary concern is profit. I prefer to place my trust in Government, we the people. Surly we are capable of looking after ourselves and not relying on outside interests whose primary concern is profit. ARE WE CAPABLE? or ARE WE SLAVES TO OUTSIDE INTERESTS?

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  • mikehaney

    Phil Kerpen –very good.
    And 2014 train wreck a’comin.

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