The PJ Tatler

IRS Chief on Obamacare: Thanks, but No Thanks

The guy whose agency would administer Obamacare wants no part of Obamacare. IRS acting commish Danny Werfel said as much in testimony before Congress today.

“Mr. Werfel, last week your employees who are a member of the National Treasury Employee’s Union sent a form letter for union members to send in to ask they be exempt from the exchanges,” a congressman asked. “Why are your employees trying to exempt themselves from the very law that you’re tasked to enforce?”

“I don’t want to speak for the NTEU, but I’ll offer a perspective as a federal employee myself and a federal employee at the IRS,” said the IRS chief. “And that is, we have right now as employees of the government, of the IRS, affordable health care coverage. I think the ACA was designed to provide an option or an alternative for individuals that do not. And all else being equal, I think if you’re an individual who is satisfied with your health care coverage, you’re probably in a better position to stick with that coverage than go through the change of moving into a different environment and going through that process. So I think for a federal employee, I think more likely, and I would — can speak for myself, I would prefer to stay with the current policy that I’m pleased with rather than go through a change if I don’t need to go through that change.”

Shorter Werfel: I have my Cadillac and I’d like to keep my Cadillac. Thanks, taxypayers!

It would be high-larious to hear Jay Carney appreciate a question about Werfel’s statement before refusing to answer.