Health care official used to lead IRS tax exempt office
May 16th, 2013
09:49 PM ET
11 months ago

Health care official used to lead IRS tax exempt office

(CNN) – Republicans using the Internal Revenue Service scandal to slam health care reform have a new twist in their argument.

Sarah Hall Ingram, who heads the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at the IRS, formerly led the agency's tax exempt/government entities division, the same division that's now taking heat for targeting conservative groups in the past few years.

An IRS spokesperson confirmed Ingram is the current director of the Affordable Care Act office, a department she’s worked in since December 2010. Meanwhile, a 2009 posting on the IRS website referred to her as the commissioner for the tax exempt/government entities division.

The IRS admitted last week it began over-scrutinizing conservative groups in 2010.

Joseph Grant, her successor, began acting as division commissioner in December 2010, the IRS spokesperson said, and earlier this month he was officially named commissioner.

Earlier Thursday, he became the second IRS official this week to announce his resignation. Grant plans to retire June 3, according to an internal memo for IRS employees that was obtained by CNN.

Before directing the tax exempt division in 2009, Ingram served as chief of appeals at the IRS for three years and as counsel/associate chief counsel for the tax exempt division. She started at the agency in 1982.

The Republican-led House of Representatives passed a measure to repeal Obamacare entirely on Thursday for the third time.

But the latest scandal involving the IRS, one of the key agencies charged with enforcing the health care law, is adding fuel to the political fire over the controversial law.

And Congressional Republicans are already citing the new development about Ingram as another reason why health care needs to be rolled back.

Thursday's vote was the 37th time the House has attempted to eliminate all or parts of the law.

“Stunning, just stunning," was all Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had to say about the revelation Ingram previously led the tax exempt division.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, introduced a bill to "prohibit" the Treasury Department from enforcing the Affordable Care Act. The legislation, which has little chance of passing in the Democratic-led Senate, is titled "Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013."

The recent IRS scandal "raises pertinent questions about the agency's ability to implement and oversee" the health care law, according to the legislation.

– CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Deirdre Walsh, Dana Bash, Candy Crowley and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Ol' Yeller

    37th time the House has voted in an attempt to overtturn Obamacare or parts of Obamacare.
    And they wonder why this is the worst Congress ever and the ompah loompah is the worst Speaker ever.
    BTW- where was this 'liberal media' everyone talks about when bohner made the statement about, "Who is going to jail for this?"... I would think a liberal media would have had hundreds of questions regarding a person in his position insinuating a crime had been committed and there were government officails possibly involved. A Democrat would have been chased down the hall. The media actually bends over backwards to 'be fair'; so far backwards that they end up pandering to these right wing conspiracies.

    May 17, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Ol' Yeller

    "Nixonian IRS scandal," You gotta be friggin' kidding me here!
    There is nothing in any of this to indicate the President was even aware this had happened until it started coming out in the media. His response has been swift and appropriate.
    Some of the nutjobs on here might LIKE for this to turn into something, but I doubt it lasts long in the news cycle of today. Certainly no where near any- "Nixonian scandal,"

    May 17, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Thomas

    @Chutzpah
    All I have left to say at this point is that it's a good thing this country doesn't face any REAL challenges, cause it looks like the game plan for Obama's s second term is going to be pretty much a repeat of the second Bill Clinton term, with Republicans inventing one "scandal" after another in the hopes of preventing him from accomplishing anything at all.

    Since, in my opinion, we DO face major difficulties ahead – much more so than in the late '90s, in fact – this strategy amounts to treason, no more, no less.

    =====
    Sad but true !

    They failed at making him a one term president , now they want to contain him with trivial witch hunts and kiddy comities .

    The GOP doesn't want to deal with any real challenges .

    Aqua Buddha 2016

    May 17, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Gyrogearloose

    It would be far better for the country if we'd back up and start over with a health care plan that has broad support.

    May 17, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Name

    What is so amazing to me is the liberal's outtake on the issues involving the IRS and how the conservatives are reacting. What do you expect people reactions to be after being scrutinized by the IRS because of their beliefs. My feeling is this liberals believe that they should be the only ones that can have a wrong done too, that their needs should supersede all others and all others are conspiracy freaks.

    May 17, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    Gyrogearloose

    It would be far better for the country if we'd back up and start over with a health care plan that has broad support.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Right on Gyro – single-payer is the only way to go!

    May 17, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Chutzpah

    End all tax exempt group status... period.

    May 17, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Chutzpah

    The notion that there could be "broad support" for ANYTHING is this country is a fever dream. Waiting for broad support is a gaurantee of the continuation of the status quo.

    May 17, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. anonymous

    come on people.... this is just good old dirty union style corrupt chicago politics brought to the national level. just look at the mess chicago is in, and now the country. i rest my case. and remember, you all voted for it. idiots.

    May 17, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Wilson

    @Malory Archer

    Wilson

    Careful Malory, don't try to put a meaning to my post that wasn't there. "people like you," in most cases has a different connotation than "you people." My comment was about people making similar statements, nothing else.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The people making similar statements are making TRUE statements. Why is that such a problem for "people like you"? Interesting how you failed to acknowledge my comment that liberals were targeted as well, and they were the ones that had their claims denied. Your silence implies that you're either grossly ill-informed and don't want to believe facts, or you believe that it's okay to target those with different ideologies.
    --------
    I didn't respond because it is patently and proven NOT TRUE, and was not worthy of a response. 3 liberal organizations was not a "targeted" activity. People like you are the ones that play fast and loose with the facts. People like you are either choosing to be blind, protecting this administration just because Obama is black (which makes you a racist, by the way) or have been so brainwashed that you will do anything to not acknowledge the truth.

    May 17, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Malory Archer

    Gyrogearloose

    It would be far better for the country if we'd back up and start over with a health care plan that has broad support.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Right on Gyro – single-payer is the only way to go!
    --------
    Single-payer systems inevitably lead to price controls which inevetibly lead to substandard care.

    May 17, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    -Nick

    So we already know this person likely broke the law – and we're going to let her run health care? This administration's less-than-firm grasp of reality is frightening. Obama might as well be replaced with a cardboard stick figure – he doesn't know what his people are doing and is "shocked" when he gets ambushed by the media.
    ************
    Where is the absolute roof that this individual broke the law? Connect the dots for the people investigating it, since you have already figured everything out. Again, assumptions and wishful thinking by the professional victims on the Right.
    -–
    Absolute proof would require an investigation by an independent prosecutor, then an indictment, then a trial. If the oversight committee asks for that, the left will have conniption fits en masse. Surely you agree?
    *****************
    If there is actual proof, I have no problem with that. Considering the fact there is none at the moment, said conniption fit will not happen, However, the spasms of faux outrage on this do indicate there will be a collective conniption fit on the Right if they don't get the outcome they want. Do you want a repeat of past investigations that revealed little to threaten the Republic, but gave a lot of lawyers nice paychecks? This has nothing to do with the truth, it has everything to do with the narrative the Right has been spinning about Obama since the day he got in.

    May 17, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. jpmichigan

    She should excuse her self from the role, but then when one plays the game , one gets paid by way of a promotion. This is the Chicago way of politics!

    May 17, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Chutzpah

    Wilson

    "People like you" can't read. Three liberal groups were DENIED, but many more were initially put on the list for further investigation. None of thos were "targeted"? Well,, then maybe the Tea Parties groups were either.

    May 17, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    Name

    What is so amazing to me is the liberal's outtake on the issues involving the IRS and how the conservatives are reacting. What do you expect people reactions to be after being scrutinized by the IRS because of their beliefs. My feeling is this liberals believe that they should be the only ones that can have a wrong done too, that their needs should supersede all others and all others are conspiracy freaks.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Actually, "liberals" have had exactly the same thing done to them – AND not only did it happen when a rethug was sitting in theWH, it happened during the same time the tea party was being scrutinized. Funny how your ilk has no problem with THAT.

    May 17, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    jpmichigan

    She should excuse her self from the role, but then when one plays the game , one gets paid by way of a promotion.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Except she wasn't the one "playing the game". She left the position in 2009 – two years before this mess. Honestly, you really should read the article before posting because you're proving yourself to be one of those who isn't paying attention to these so-called "scandals".

    May 17, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    Wilson

    I didn't respond because it is patently and proven NOT TRUE, and was not worthy of a response. 3 liberal organizations was not a "targeted" activity. People like you are the ones that play fast and loose with the facts. People like you are either choosing to be blind, protecting this administration just because Obama is black (which makes you a racist, by the way) or have been so brainwashed that you will do anything to not acknowledge the truth.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    In other words, the truth doesn't fit my agenda so I'll detract from the subject by engaging in ad homimen attacks!

    May 17, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Wilson

    @Chutzpah

    Wilson

    "People like you" can't read. Three liberal groups were DENIED, but many more were initially put on the list for further investigation. None of thos were "targeted"? Well,, then maybe the Tea Parties groups were either.
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    And you have proven that you do not pay attention. They admitted to targeting Tea Parties groups. Personally I don't think any "political" group, right, left, or center, should be tax exempt.

    May 17, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Wilson

    @Malory Archer

    Wilson

    I didn't respond because it is patently and proven NOT TRUE, and was not worthy of a response. 3 liberal organizations was not a "targeted" activity. People like you are the ones that play fast and loose with the facts. People like you are either choosing to be blind, protecting this administration just because Obama is black (which makes you a racist, by the way) or have been so brainwashed that you will do anything to not acknowledge the truth.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    In other words, the truth doesn't fit my agenda so I'll detract from the subject by engaging in ad homimen attacks!
    -----–
    There, you see? That is why I usually don't bother responding to, I'll use your own words, "your ilk," as you so love to put words and attach meanings to other peopls posts (that don't happen to agree with you or are not "obama worshippers") that clearly are not there.

    May 17, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. just askin

    but why on earth would the irs demand donor lists or even think that they could demand donor lists???? and all the other questions about associations and whether people were planning on running for office?

    this is all highly political. anybody that claims otherwise is a total liar.

    May 17, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Peoples State of Illinois

    This is so reminiscent of the old Soviet Union. The Libs are getting too far ahead of themselves. You are supposed to wait until Communism takes a firm root before you start using these tactics.

    May 17, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. Jill-IN

    She has worked at the IRS for 31 years - that would also take in 12 years of Bushes as president. Mitch McConnell has been in the Senate way too many years to say he is a clean person.

    May 17, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Deathstalker74

    Sorry Progressives but there is no spinning this scandel to avoid the obvious facts here. The IRS was clearly working to help re-elect Obama, hence the 1 year delay in reporting the findings and hence the attacks on Romney donors and leaked tax info on Romney himself. To pretend that this doesn't lead up to the President is to completely ignorant. I don't give liberals much credit but surely they must be smarter than to really think Obama was not involved here. As for those STILL trying to blame Bush, get over it already. That ship sailed a long time ago. A wrong is a wrong regardless of which administration commits it. THREE scandels now and each surely to grow over the next few months. The fish rots at the head.

    May 17, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. reg

    everyone should be afraid of this...

    May 17, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. reg

    this is a failure of our government...

    May 17, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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