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US News & World Report: The IRS Can’t Write Its Own Laws

Tomorrow the King v. Burwell case will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case centers on whether the IRS can give ObamaCare subsidies to individuals in states that are using the federal exchange system.

FreedomWorks’ Jackie Bodnar wrote about the case in U.S News & World Report.

If you think Obamacare is a disaster now, just wait until the courts enforce the law as it was actually written. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the case of King v. Burwell, the appeal of a decision that allows the IRS to implement health care subsidies in states that did not set up insurance exchanges.

The issue at hand: There is no language in the president’s health care law that specifically empowers the IRS to implement those taxes and subsidized premiums in states that did not set up their own exchanges. In fact, they intentionally left that language out in order to incentivize states to participate in Obamacare.

The real intention behind the “special subsidies” is to lower the perceived costs of Obamacare coverage. In other words, the IRS is lying to the American people about the true cost of government-run health care.

I guess in the Obama White House, if you like your health care law, you can keep it. If you don’t, just have the IRS enforce something different and hope nobody will notice.

According to the Cato Institute, if the Supreme Court rules to enforce the president’s health care law to the letter, “some 4 million Americans will lose the illegal health-insurance subsidies that have been shielding them from the full cost” of the Affordable Care Act. Lower-income families could see tax increases of up to $5,000, along with premium increases of an average of 300 percent.

These are the real costs of Obamacare. The full financial picture would have been good to know while people were “shopping around” for the plans they were forced by the individual mandate to purchase anyway.

To be clear, the potential cost increases would not be a result of the King v. Burwell decision. They would be a result of the IRS actually following the health care law as it is written. If Congress did not like the law the way it was written, they should not have passed it. It’s that simple.

The Supreme Court has a constitutional obligation to rule in favor of the plaintiff in June, and eliminate the illegal subsidies and taxes in those states in question.

Read more here.

Follow Jackie on Twitter @JackieBodnar

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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