Warning: Obamacare Implementation Now Hitting Dangerous Levels of Irony

by Jim Geraghty

Another bit of cheery news from today’s Morning Jolt . . . 

Guess Which Federal Agency Is Running Low on Funds Because of Obamacare?

Guess which beloved branch of the federal bureaucracy is realizing that it can’t afford to implement Obamacare without sacrificing other priorities? (WARNING: Do not drink coffee while reading the next sentence.)

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service may need to spend money on its Obamacare implementation at the expense of other agency programs due to budget constraints, its new commissioner said on Monday.

John Koskinen, sworn in on December 23 to lead the tax agency, did not elaborate on what programs might suffer to ensure full funding for the IRS’s numerous jobs in putting into effect President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.

Okay, Commissioner. Here’s the offer: you guys move ahead with implementing Obamacare, and you save money by saying “Eh, looks close enough” on everybody’s tax return for 2014. Do we have a deal?

Of course, right now some “low-level rogue employee in the Cincinnati office” — wink, wink, nudge, nudge — is asking “hey, can’t we shake down some Tea Party group for the money?”

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