The IRS Under Fire

Everybody’s favorite agency of the federal government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is under Congressional investigation and has the lowest approval rating and perception of trust in its 100-year existence.   The White House is dealing with a tri-fecta of scandals at the moment and this one has serious staying power.  The public has always been skeptical of this agency and this investigation will need to provide some clarity or the scandal will be exacerbated.

The accusation is unfair targeting of 501-C (4) political organizations based on political belief by exclusively targeting words like tea party or patriot in applications.   The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing last week and heads have already rolled.  The old commissioner was relieved of duty two months before they were scheduled to retire and the new boss was already been up on Capitol Hill answering questions.

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America’s Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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Obama Narrowly Takes Round Two

Round two of the Presidential debate from Hofstra University featured a different format with comparable results.  The town hall style played to the strengths of the President who appeared much more comfortable without the podium, and took full advantage of the new format to connect with voters, and take a few jabs at the Challenger, Governor Mitt Romney.   Obama was also more aggressive, pushing Romney to the ropes on several points, and coming off much better this time around, particularly on television.  It also helped when he was vindicated by the moderator, CNN’s Candy Crowley, on a small semantics argument 2/3 of the way through.  The crowd cheered and the President rode the momentum to the end, capitalizing on the energy, and providing a fantastic close.

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Sean McGuire was working for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee when the thoughts of health reform began. He is the founder of E.D. Bellis a healthcare consultancy and host of America’s Healthcare Challenge. To hear Sean speak contact info@edbellisinc.com.

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The ACA and You

Photo Credit James Montgomery Flagg It is hard to quantify what the Supreme Court upholding the largest piece of legislation passed in our lifetime is going to mean for all of us.  There are innumerable variables to consider, and questions will remain years from now.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called Obamacare, will have…