Skip to comments.IRS chief: 'Whenever we can, we follow the law'
Posted on 09/10/2014 12:20:53 PM PDT by jazusamo
During another grueling hearing on the ObamaCare rollout, the head of the Internal Revenue Service tried to offer lawmakers an assurance about the soon-to-open enrollment period.
Whenever we can, we follow the law, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told the House Ways and Means subcommittee on health on Wednesday.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who leads the subcommittee, immediately expressed his concern with the remarks.
I encourage you to follow the law in all instances, Brady said.
Koskinen, who was confirmed as head of IRS last December, has repeatedly faced lawmakers' ire over the agency's targeting of conservative groups.
Lawmakers spent a majority of Wednesday's hearing grilling Koskinen and Andy Slavitt, HealthCare.Gov's fix-it man, on how they would verify that consumers were providing correct income information as they signed up for insurance subsidies.
Koskinen, who said hes been meeting with tech and business staff every two weeks since January, said things are on track to verify income for all new enrollees.
Still, Slavitt acknowledged that the administration faces a trust gap in ObamaCares second year of implementation.
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) cautioned against what he described as unchecked power given to the IRS under the healthcare law. He demanded to know how the Obama administration would prevent a Lois Lerner 2.0 situation."
It seems to me that the IRS is just poised to go swimming in a big pool of money, Roskam said. Are these the same IT people that cant find Lois Lerners emails or deal with her hard drives?
Koskinen was asked if he defended Lerner, to which he replied, No, I dont know her."
It was Slavitts first public appearance since the federal government announced last week that HealthCare.gov had been hacked in July. But just one lawmaker, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), prodded Slavitt about the security breach.
Price questioned why insurance company leaders told him they had learned about the hack from media reports. Slavitt disputed the claim, saying he had personally informed a representative from the insurance association about the breach.
Seems to me that this means all of us can pick and choose which laws and rules to follow. So be it.
Phew. What a dumb, criminal statement. “Whenever I can, I try not to murder people.”
you need a stupid one to be the unknowing fall guy.
This statement means that he places value on another criteria above following the law,
like, furthering the leftist agenda.
“Whenever we can, and it doesn’t interfere with the agenda, we follow the law”
Try using that excuse when you are audited after filing a tax return.
If this country wants to get back to the Constitution as the law of the land, then maybe there will be some respect for the law.
A high powered, well connected dim bulb, which is probably even worse.
Uh, WHAT! Guess we can all follow the law “when we can”. Otherwise, open season. And to think. Out tax dollars are gonna supply this guy with a whole lot better retirement than I’m gettin’.
Don’t have to!!!!”
Is that his statement???
Until I read about which prison Koskinen and Lois Lerner are serving very long sentences in I consider everyone in the House to be complicit in these atrocities.
Koskinen should have immediately been commanded to provide all cases where the IRS is unable to obey the law.
So now, the commie libs have done to our LAWS what they did to the Ten Commandments? They are only suggestions and recommendations?
Exactly, and what’s mind boggling he says it in front of a Congressional Committee.
He is NOT a dim bulb, he is being coached by the
most practiced shysters in our nations history.
What he needs is a few months in solitary...
And if you command us ... we won't.
Factual evidence that illustrated that this entire federal behemoth has no lawful or legitimate authority over us.
All it has is the power of a gun to our heads should we refuse to comply.
Do we know what time it is yet?
Wow, a statement like this would be big news and would be the lead story on all the networks if it were a republican in the white house. Since it’s another bath house Barry scandal involved it won’t even be mentioned.
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