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Krauthammer’s Take: ‘Gruber-Like Arrogance’ Led to Obamacare Tax Mayhem

It was revealed today that some 800,000 Americans received the incorrect tax forms this tax season as a result of the intermingling of the IRS and Obamacare — and we should have seen this coming, says Charles Krauthammer. “It’s a collision of two levels of complexity, which in and of themselves are incomprehensible. And that was the original sin of this whole idea.”

Explained Krauthammer on Friday’s Special Report: “Obama pretends [insinuating the IRS into Obamacare management] was just a way to extend insurance to those who didn’t have it. If that’s what he wanted to do, there were very specific and limited ways you could have done that. Instead . . . this is what happened when you overhaul an entire system. That’s exactly the point. You don’t remake American medicine.”

Along with taxpayers, doctors, says Krauthammer, are suffering the consequences: “Talk to any doctor about the effect on his practice of the mandate for electronic records. . . . As a theoretical idea it was a great idea of experts in D.C., [but] it is a disaster in the field. That’s one of 100 examples of complexity added onto this, entirely arrogantly and wantonly — Gruber-like if you like.”

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