WASHINGTON (May 17, 2013)--Republicans are hoping the furor over Internal Revenue Service officials who singled out conservative groups for particular attention will do some collateral damage to President Barack Obama's health care law.
The IRS plays a major role in carrying out the health care law.
Financial aid to help the uninsured afford coverage will be funneled through the tax system and the agency is also responsible for penalties on individuals and employers who fail to comply with the law.
And it turns out the former head of the IRS office that subjected tea-party groups to tougher scrutiny for tax exemptions is now running the agency's health care division.
The red-meat associations appear irresistible, but no one appears to have the facts yet that could connect the dots.