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

    "The IRS official who led the tax-exempt organizations unit when Tea Party groups were targeted is now in charge of the IRS office responsible for ObamaCare, two Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The acknowledgement comes after the ..."

    Now there is a revelation. Sounds like a promotion to me.

    May 16, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. joeallard

    The IRS official who led the tax-exempt organizations unit when Tea Party groups were targeted is now in charge of the IRS office responsible for ObamaCare, two Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The acknowledgement comes after the ...

    Sounds like a promotion to me. What's up with that, I wonder?

    May 16, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. ed

    obviously this lady must go! and be brought onto the carpet to tell what se knows

    May 16, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. Cam

    Ingram targeted the tea party and now she's in charge of overseeing Obamacare? That's scary.

    May 16, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  5. Name king

    The repubs are using their overwhelming media advantage to gin up lies against obamacare again, just as the cbo said that our deficits are shrinking at record pace, i wonder if obama care has any thing to do with this shrinkage, since obamacare is 1/5 of the economy, maybe the monstracity the repubs like to yell is doing the economy good afterall, then again it seems that everything these repubs do or say is wrong. I am waiting to see them getting one conspiracy theory, or one outrage right, so far its about 100 to blank, now that is a outrage.

    May 16, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. sally-ann

    Even if republicans took control of the senate, they still could not repeal Obamacare. The dems could filibuster and the President could veto. People pay a % of income on a sliding scales, so it does not mater if premium rates go up. And only 5 states participated in medicare e when it first started. Almost all the sates have signed up for Obamacare. So republicans obstructing it will not stop it. And tea party will love the big tax credits they get.

    May 16, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. Deathstalker74

    Imagine that. And her biggest bonuses came during the height of the targeting of conservative groups. And now the same person finds herself implementing Obamacare. Lets not forget that Romney's tax returns and those of his supporters were also leaked to the media via the IRS during the election. No way this doesn't lead back to Obama.

    May 16, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  8. Jay

    Wow ... it's like watching a dark comedy.

    May 16, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  9. JJMcD3

    Is Sarah Hall's new job the payback for her dirty work against conservative non-profits and individual big donors to conservative candidates?

    May 16, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. California

    Obamacare will be the end of this country.

    May 16, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  11. Mike

    Another Glenn Beck moment for the republicans all points lead to Obama.

    May 17, 2013 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  12. Getoverit

    " Republicans using the Internal Revenue Service scandal to slam health care reform have a new twist in their argument."
    No media bias here. Nothing to see. Move along......

    May 17, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  13. GI Joe

    I'm an honest person, I have no fear of the IRS.

    The baggers are giving this country a lot more trouble than the IRS does.

    The baggers DO try to cheat, so someone needs to keep them on their toes.

    May 17, 2013 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  14. Rob

    Of Course they were promoted. Obama is putting his gang members in place just like any good Chicago thug would do. Just look at Obama's nomination for Commerce Sec. She is considered one of the key players responsible for the Wall St melt down in 08, considered the worst and most unfair employer in her industry but that doesn't matter. She bundle ALOT of money for Obama during his campaign and gave 100k from just herself. So it seems to get promoted in Obama's gang all you have to do is ignore the law or/and give alot of money. to buy a piece of you very own president.

    May 17, 2013 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  15. simplyput

    This move is extremely troubling to me. If there was a targeting problem with Sarah Hall Ingram over *tea party* appllicants, how in the world can Americans trust her to handle matters pertaining to the ACA within the same agency? This is one more reason for an independent counsel into IRS under this administration. Is the President serious?

    May 17, 2013 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  16. simplyput

    I wonder how many people will be looking forward to the ACA when they find out the head of Obamacare is the woman who targeted *tea party* groups. You really can't make this stuff up! And the president tells Jessica Yellen he doesn't think we need an independent investigation of the IRS? No, we need an independent PROSECUTOR for the entire administration! I guess this explains why my pre-existing condition is no longer being covered by the ACA, right? Nice while I had it, at over $400 a month. Thanks, Barry, Barack, or whatever your name is.

    May 17, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  17. king

    the repubs are looking for any excuse to not implement obamacare, and thats the bottom line.

    May 17, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  18. anonymous

    well now isn't this comforting to know! this woman needs to be fired and tossed, not promoted and ready to torture every american about their healthcare. obamacare along with the irs is going to be the ultimate nightmare. thanks a lot democrats. this will be remembered in 2014 and 2016.

    May 17, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  19. A True Conservative

    Nothing to worry about with this move – nothing to see here – move along.......don't listen to those voices warning of tyranny, or those tin foil hat Tea Party people – they are all nuts......

    May 17, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  20. Hopey Changey

    Jail this person

    May 17, 2013 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  21. Name lynn

    The irs an obama is different scandel its you the people is scandalist, the president is during a great job with the obamacare, obama is not during what the white people want him to do. If that had not came forth about the irs scandle it would still be a cover up. Can you spell tax excempt is this yo way the people spell. What the heck

    May 17, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  22. Dave

    One more way to deprive Americans of the healthcare that they need. The R's have never brought a healthcare package to the table because it is not important to them.

    May 17, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  23. AmericaStand

    The outgoing commissioner of the IRS is in the hot seat Friday, scheduled to testify for the first time on his agency's scandalous practice of targeting conservative groups - after it was revealed that another implicated official is now in charge of an ObamaCare unit. Steven Miller, the acting commissioner who was ousted by the administration earlier this week, will testify before the House Ways and Means Committee Friday morning. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are sure to have plenty of questions for Miller, as they search for who was responsible for the program. Outrage mounted after lawmakers learned that the IRS official who led the tax-exempt organizations unit when the targeting took place - Sarah Hall Ingram - has since moved over to the IRS office responsible for ObamaCare.

    May 17, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    So how can we gave any confidence in the administration of the ObamaCare debacle?

    May 17, 2013 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  25. andrew sater

    This man should never have been allowed in office. He is not an AMERICAN! He said he is concered about the will of the people. if he is he needs to leave office, and go back where he came from and take everyone like him with him!!!

    May 17, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
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