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On the Record with Greta Van Susteren: Roskam Blasts IRS, Obamacare Implementation

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Location: Washington, DC

Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) appeared on FOX News' On the Record with Greta Van Susteren last night to discuss acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel's recent admission that he and fellow IRS employees would rather keep their current health care plans instead of being forced into Obamacare exchanges.

Even IRS Commissioner Admits Employees Don't Want Obamacare
"Why is it that the union representing the Treasury employees are trying to get out from under Obamacare? Why is it that they are afraid of this and they're given this task of implementing it? And the IRS Commissioner was actually very frank and he said, "Look, I like the coverage I have -- I don't want to go into the exchange.'"

Agency That Can't Solve Medicare Fraud Ill-Equipped to Handle Obamacare
"CMS has a fraud rate of about eight percent on Medicare payments, so the question that I poised to [the CMS Deputy Administrator and the IRS Administrator] was, "You're blowing about $40 to $50 billion in Medicare fraud, what is it you think you're doing so well on the IRS side as it relates to Obamacare?' And he said there's absolutely no relationship between the two. In other words, it's "Hey look at this shiny object, don't worry about our past conduct, don't worry about the past fraud rate, just let's concentrate on the future.' It was an absurd assertion that doesn't stand any real scrutiny."

What Happens Now that the Administration Delayed the Employer Mandate?
"The private sector has come to the administration and said, "You can't do this.' Now the thread, and how this is all connected, is if you've got no ability to know who's in and who's out in terms of employer coverage, then you don't know who gets the subsidies…What happens if you give a subsidy to someone, then under the law you are compelled, the IRS is compelled to claw that back. In other words someone innocently claims a benefit and the IRS at some point in the future, under the law, has to claw that back."

IRS Still Can't Say What Health Care Will Cost, Or If President's Promises Will Come True
"They were directly asked…can you guarantee that these rates are going to go down $2,500 a family? Crickets. No answer, no direct response."

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