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Rep. Garrett: 'Obamacare a House of Cards About to Collapse'

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Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 06:10 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey says he's skeptical the IRS — mired in scandal for targeting conservative groups and being probed by Congress — can properly enforce Obamacare.

"As the investigations go on . . . and show that it's not just two rogue agents, its people all the way up the line, we should not have any confidence that Obamacare will be administered correctly," Garrett told guest host David Nelson on Newsmax TV's "The Steve Malzberg Show."

Garrett, a member of the Committee on the Budget and the Committee on Financial Services, said exacerbating enforcement is the fact that many young people will not want to join the mandatory Affordable Care Act.

"In order for [President Barack Obama's] grand plan to work, everyone has to come on board," Garrett said.

"They need the young people to come on who are healthy in order to subsidize the older people, like me, who have higher medical expenses.

"The problem with this system is it's a take-all system so that a young person can basically say . . . I'm not going to opt in and pay the exorbitant price that it will cost . . . I'd rather pay the responsibility fee."

But that penalty fee is not enough to offset the subsidy the government needs to pay for the older people in the plan, he said.

"So it's a house of cards about to collapse once it goes into effect."

Garrett said he wonders whether the president was inexplicably kept in the dark by his staffers about the scandals swirling around the IRS, Justice Department, and Benghazi attack.

"This really raises the old question of who knew what when. But what we're being told is nobody knew about anything at any time, which means that the president simply surrounds himself with people who are totally incompetent," he said.

"We had [Treasury Secretary Jack] Lew before our committee . . . He was the president's chief of staff last year about this time. We asked him point blank . . . Did you know the fact that any of this was going on? . . . His response was, nope, I didn't know anything about it.

"It is just baffling and unbelievable that the people all around the president had absolutely no knowledge about this and if that's true . . . the president should probably be asking for these people to explain themselves, and at the end, step aside."

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