The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.
Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRSâ€™ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.
Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at least part of that time, Grant served as deputy commissioner of the tax-exempt unit.
Grant announced today that he would retire June 3, despite being appointed as commissioner of the tax-exempt office May 8, a week ago.
As the House voted to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act Thursday evening, House Speaker John Boehner expressed â€œserious concernsâ€ that the IRS is empowered as the lawâ€™s chief enforcer.
â€œFully repealing ObamaCare will help us build a stronger, healthier economy, and will clear the way for patient-centered reforms that lower health care costs and protect jobs,â€ Boehner, R-Ohio, said.
â€œObamacare empowers the agency that just violated the publicâ€™s trust by secretly targeting conservative groups,â€ Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., added. â€œEven by Washingtonâ€™s standards, thatâ€™s unacceptable.â€
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