The Obamacare cops are coming.
In an era of federal budget cuts that are grounding the Navy’s Blue Angels flying teams and canceling Fourth of July fireworks at military bases, the White House is finding money to beef up the Department of Health and Human Services to deal with the mountain of administrative work the “health-care reform law” will bring, according to the MailOnline.
And that includes the criminal cases a law as intrusive and complex as Obamacare is sure to bring.
According to the MailOnline, HHS was authorized to hire more than 1,800 employees when President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in March, 2010.
Fifty of those were to be charged with criminal investigations, while 261 were to be “consumer safety officers.” The remainder are the kind of contracting officers, IT personnel, etc. – the whole range of unionized apparatchiks that make the modern administrative state hum.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the liberal utopia of universal health care, MailOnline found: Only two “consumer safety officers” were brought on board. HHS, meanwhile, decided on its own to increase the number of criminal investigation officers by more than half, from 50 to 86.
“Sounds like we now have the Obamacare police,” Tom Fitton, president of the anti-corruption group Judicial Watch, told the MailOnline.
Granted, a difference of 36 is pretty small change in the leviathan of federal employment, but it does give an indication of where the priorities are heading in a department that’s allegedly devoted to Health and Human Services.
And given the administration’s general lawlessness – on immigration, welfare-to-work requirements, and even Obamacare itself – the evident determination of the HHS to focus on what it considers “criminal” isn’t reassuring.
“The Obama administration continues to assert near unilateral power when it comes to Obamacare,” said Dan Holler, communications director for Heritage Action, the conservative lobbying group working to kill Obamacare before it becomes unstoppable.
“This blatant disregard for the rule of law raises serious questions as to how these new criminal investigators will behave, what guidelines they will follow and who will provide much-needed oversight?”
The first thing to do when you’re setting up a police state is decide the law is what you say it is. Then you hire the police.
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