AFP's Tim Phillips: High Court's Obamacare Ruling Smacks of 'Overreach'

Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 05:01 PM

By Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter

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The U.S. Supreme Court's decision expanding gay marriage on Wednesday reflects "an overreaching by the court and Congress on a consistent basis," Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, tells Newsmax TV.

"We know that government that governs at the local level, at the state level as a minimum, is far better for prosperity," Phillips tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. "It's far better for our country — and that's what we continually push for."

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In two 5-to-4 decisions, the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denied benefits to same-sex married couples, and ruled that supporters of a California law enacted in 2008, called Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, lacked standing to appeal a federal district court ruling that struck down the law.

Phillips likened Wednesday's gay marriage rulings to the high court's decision last year — also on a 5-to-4 vote — upholding Obamacare.

Under the healthcare law, uninsured people who can't get coverage through their jobs can sign up for government-subsidized insurance starting this fall that takes effect on Jan. 1.

The rollout, however, promises to be bumpy because about half the states are still resisting the law, and Republicans in Congress won't provide the Obama administration with the funds it says are needed for a smooth implementation.

"The Obamacare decision last summer was stunning," Phillips tells Newsmax. "They called it a tax increase, which it was, and they refused to do anything about it, even though it was passed in a way that it was not supposed to — not as a tax increase by Congress."

But what should make Americans more uneasy about Obamacare is that it will be enforced by the embattled Internal Revenue Service.

The agency is under fire for scandals ranging from lax oversight of millions of dollars in spending on IRS-issued employee credit cards to the targeting to tea party, conservative and religious groups in their applications for tax-exempt status.

Obamacare has 47 provisions that involve the IRS. It is the second-largest agency, after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, charged with implementing the Affordable Care Act.

The agency, for instance, has to administer Obamacare's required purchase of health coverage — checking whether millions of Americans are in compliance.

"I can't imagine Americans feeling comfortable knowing that the IRS is going to be digging through their health records, making sure they're complying with every single regulation and mandate in the multiple thousands of pages in Obamacare," Phillips says. "That's a horrible thought for American families.

"It's bad enough that they play politics with tea party groups, hurting them, denying them their First Amendment rights. We've seen all of the coverage of these lavish conferences and videos that IRS employees have done — and then they say they can't find the receipts for them.

"It's mind-boggling to imagine these same bureaucrats overseeing all of the mandates for every American with regard to Obamacare.

"We have not given up on rolling back, pushing back Obamacare, as it enters its implementation phase this fall," Phillips adds. "Americans are in for sticker-shock on Obamacare — and the folks who are going to be waving that stick around demanding compliance will be the IRS."

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