IRS Misplaces $67 Million in Obamacare Funding

The Internal Revenue Service, which is charged with making sure every single taxpayer complies with new Obamacare regulations or pays a fine, is unable to account for $67 million in a fund intended to pay for Obamacare implementation costs.

According to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the IRS made no effort to account for the $67 million, which was allegedly spent between 2010 and 2012 on "indirect" costs of Obamacare.

Indirect costs would include things like computer technical support, office rent and telephones.

Normally when the IRS has to implement new laws, it pays for the costs through its general fund, then makes a request for additional money through the budget cycle.

But when Congress approved the Affordable Care Act, it gave Health and Human Services a $1 billion Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund so that it and other agencies, including the IRS, could start spending immediately (very thoughtful of Congress), without going through the normal budget process.

The IRS reported that it spent $488 million from the HIRIF from 2010 to 2012 for Obamacare implementation "direct" costs, which included 1,272 full-time employees.

Despite still having access to the HIRIF, the IRS actually requested funds in its fiscal year 2013 budget to hire an additional 800 agents and did not receive an approval.

Some of the missing $67 million apparently went to cover travel expenses for at least 38  employees.

Even with $67 million burning a hole in its pocket, the IRS requested an additional $360 million just for FY 2013. The request was denied.

The inspector general's report also found that IRS tracking of spending was not always properly documented and recorded costs were often inaccurate.

If the IRS is already screwing up its accounting for the Affordable Care Act, and its budget requests for additional funds and employees are being rejected, how can Americans be expected to believe that the IRS is up to this task of implementing Obamacare accurately and fairly?

The truth is it can't. Obamacare is a writhing mass of red tape and bureaucracy being dumped on an already overwhelmed agency that doesn't seem to be able to do anything correctly, except for intentionally targeting conservatives for harassment.

Obamacare and the IRS itself should both be dumped, and the government should get itself out of people's lives. The healthcare would take care of itself.


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  • Progressive Republican

    It wasn't misplaced, it was squandered by House Rethuglicons in their perpetual joke a.k.a. "repealing" Obamacare. Y'know; THEIR idea that they then turned their backs on?

    And I just LOVE the way the historically ignorant like ol' Tad here apparently have no idea vis a vis the debacle otherwise known as the Articles of Confederation which held for the limited government that Rethuglicons, Teandertal, and their ilk cry out for.

    Gimme a break.

    • Mimi Schmaltz

      Squandered by WHOM? Are you crazy?

      • Progressive Republican

        I was merely satirizing. It turns out that $67 million is not only the amount missing from the Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund, but is nearly the same amount squandered by House Rethuglicons in their "repealing" Obamacare.

        I say "squandered" as they've "repealed" their own alternative to Obama's proposition of a universal healthcare system forty-two times.

        And yeah, I just might be; but I'm not STUPID enough to vote GOP. There's a fine line between crazy and stupid and it's been known to jump around a bit, but I'm fairly good about staying on the "crazy" side.

  • CherryAnn1000

    I hope it stays gone (even though it costs us, the taxpayer), and that no more money is allocated. Hopefully, that will end Obamacare before it starts.

  • eyemall

    It probably went into the Obama Administrations retirement funds.

  • Old lady in Texas

    How can you Misplace 67million dollars??? This so bad it stinks. Every department of government should be held accountable for every penny. Come April 15th every American is held accountable for every penny. By the way, that is not your money you misplaced, it was OURS!!!! I am so furious I could spit!

  • Elizabeth

    So, are they going to take the money that has been lost out of Medicare again?????? Many need to go to jail and better for the crap that has happened lately!!!!!!!