Watch: Acting IRS Commissioner Says He Doesn’t Want To Switch To An Obamacare Health Plan

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Acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Daniel Werfel briefed the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday on the agency’s role in implementing and enforcing participation in Obamacare, which is set to start rolling out Oct. 1.

The temporary Obama appointee found it difficult to get through the session without staring down some hard questions from Republicans already opposed to the law. But, to his credit, Werfel allowed himself an extraordinary measure of candor when committee member Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) asked him this:

Mr. Werfel, last week your employees who are a member of the National Treasury Employee’s Union sent a form letter for union members to send in to ask they be exempt from the exchanges. Why are your employees trying to exempt themselves from the very law that you’re tasked to enforce?

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For those who don’t watch the video, the upshot is Werfel telling Johnson: “I would prefer to stay with the current policy that I’m pleased with rather than go through a change if I don’t need to go through that change.”

Werfel’s response was astonishing for its honesty. He did attempt to justify the exempting of Federal employees by explaining that, with their comfortable benefit package, they aren’t ideal candidates for what Obamacare is selling. But that only serves to illustrate the chasm that separates the quality and cost of currently available health coverage from the government-subsidized, wealth-redistributing plans mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In a related note, Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner made an emergency request on Wednesday to postpone the start of Obamacare health exchanges in the State, as leaders try to figure out how to reconfigure new health plans under the program that won’t jack rates by 198 percent.

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  • Sicilian

    Don’t do as I do, do as I tell you to do! Shut up, suck it up and don’t argue! Capiche!

    • Jack

      Each and every person who has posted on this matter up to now have demonstrated that you really don’t even know what the basics of Obamacare are.. If you already have insurance you aren’t required to change to another insurance program.
      IRS employees, like other government employees, already have health insurance through their employment. Thus, they, like everyone else who has health insurance, will NOT be required to acquire different health insurance coverage if they don’t want to.
      Obamacare doesn’t control insurance companies. If an insurance company wants to offer a health policy they have to meet certain criteria – no lifetime caps, no preexisting coverage limitations, coverage of a policy holder’s children up to age 26, etc.. If they want to participate in the Obamacare program then they also have to comply with other requirements. If they don’t want to comply with the law then they are free to either quit selling health insurance policies altogether or not participate in Obamacare.

      • daddyksinger

        do you know how this coverage is affecting businesses all across the US?

        do you have any idea how small businesses (the backbone of this nation) are struggling to survive because of all the entitlement programs and regulations?

  • wandamurline

    I think most of America would like to keep what they have right now, except for the ones that don’t have insurance. This whole thing is about control, not health care. They could have fixed the insurance problem by allowing uninsured people to have exchanges and broadened Medicaid….but, Noooooooooo, they had to change everything and take over the health industry just like they have taken over student loans, the banks, Wall Street and the auto industries….all unconstitutional acts. If you pass it without reading the damn thing, then you MUST participate in it….there should be no exemptions except for abortions which go against your religion. Thank the Democrats and a couple of RINOS for Obamacare….a law that no one read and “you have to pass it to see what is in it”…you get what you vote for.

    • Bill

      Obamacare was sold to us under the pretense of insuring the poor and people with pre-existing conditions. That could have been accomplished very easily by creating a program in Medicare and making people qualify.
      But nooo…. They had to reinvent the wheel. It’s like building the Queen Mary to sail to Catalina.
      And now, the same people that created and voted for obamacare are applying for exemptions. That is a good sign of how effective this system will be when the creators won’t participate

  • To Tell The Truth

    And this little puke and the IRS thugs will be the enforcers of OBOZOCARE. Government run amok. Could only happen under these slimeball Democraps in DC

    • John H. Holliday D.D.S.

      This Obamarxist Unhealthy Health Care Plan is beginning to closely resemble the old Soviet Joseph Stalin State sponsored health care system where even veterinarians were assigned to treat human patients, however if you were a member of the Soviet Politburo, then you were exempt from Uncle Joe Stalin’s health care mandates and you could travel outside the Soviet state on a sight seeing vacation and shop for superior health care in Sweden, West Berlin or France, of course all paid for by the common communist sheeple slaves.

  • FreedomFighter

    Defund and repeal ObamaCare, the law is illegal because it should have originated in the House, it is a tax isn’t it?, the law itself will destroy the economy, destroy the best healthcare system in the world, death panels will kill millions of people, doctors and nurses are already leaving the healthcare field due to new burdensome regulation…new regulations put millions out of work or reduce them to part time, give the IRS access to your medical records, increase the size and scope of government, increase insurance costs…
    and that’s just a few of the problems ObamaCare will create.
    Laus DeoSemper FI

  • Bill

    If obamacare is implemented, there should be no exemptions. Otherwise, scrap the whole law

    • BHR

      Over 30 states have exemptions already. This bill was complicated to begin with but with the all the states that have different policies it is uncontrollable.

  • lakeside227

    How dare they! How dare they make a law from which they are exempt! Ruling elite, anyone?

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  • IBCAMN

    if one person(or group)can be exempt,then everyone can be exempt!
    letting one person(group)be exempt means its not worth a pot to piss in!
    why you think Obama had to try to cram it down the peoples throat three times,then finally threaten senetors in order to get it through,by only a few(2 or 3)votes!think about it!i have yet to meet someone whos fine with it!

  • dan

    i’ve seen ONE sane suggestion ;
    SCRAP IT and amend Medicare/Medicaid to help the uninsurable.