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IRS Whistleblower Urges Appointment of Special Counsel to Investigate Hunter Biden Case



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In a compelling Wall Street Journal op-ed published on Thursday, IRS whistleblower Joseph Ziegler called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to “appoint a special counsel” to ensure an unbiased and transparent investigation into the Hunter Biden case. Ziegler, previously identified as “Whistleblower X,” first revealed his identity during his testimony in front of the House Oversight committee, where he raised concerns about preferential treatment in the investigation.

Ziegler emphasized that justice officials hindered investigators from pursuing the evidence diligently, warranting the appointment of a special counsel to uphold the integrity of the investigation. He expressed hope that transparency and equal treatment under the law for all U.S. taxpayers would be restored through this action.

In the op-ed, Ziegler criticized the notion of “sweetheart deals” being granted to the rich, powerful, and politically connected, highlighting the need for impartiality in the investigation process.

The whistleblower shared his motivation for coming forward, stating that he witnessed irregularities during the investigation that were beyond the norm, which fueled his desire for transparency and accountability.

While Ziegler’s testimony has been challenged by some Democrats, including Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and the White House, he remained steadfast in his belief that Hunter Biden should have faced more severe charges and that the investigation had deviated from normal investigative procedures, according to reports from Fox News.

Ziegler disclosed his disagreement with prosecutors in the past but stressed that the Hunter Biden case was the first instance where he felt “handcuffed” by the Justice Department. He characterized their behavior as obstruction, further emphasizing the need for an independent special counsel.

Despite denials from the Justice Department regarding any undue influence, the call for a special counsel persists. The investigation into Hunter Biden remains ongoing, with U.S. Attorney David Weiss of Delaware leading the probe. The ongoing scrutiny surrounding the case continues to spark debates about the pursuit of justice and the principles of transparency in government affairs.

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Elizabeth Warren Acknowledges Unintended Consequences of Obamacare



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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a longtime supporter of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is now acknowledging the unintended consequences of the healthcare legislation, particularly its impact on industry consolidation and rising healthcare prices.

Warren, who has been a vocal proponent of Obamacare, has recently had what the Wall Street Journal reported as an “epiphany” regarding the consequences of the healthcare law. In a letter addressed to the Health and Human Services Department inspector general, Warren, along with Senator Mike Braun of Indiana, expressed concerns about vertically-integrated healthcare companies potentially increasing prescription drug costs and evading federal regulations.

According to reports from Fox News, the bipartisan letter highlighted issues with the nation’s largest health insurers allegedly bypassing Obamacare’s medical loss ratio (MLR). According to Warren, these insurers, through vertical integration, have manipulated the system, leading to “sky-high prescription drug costs and excessive corporate profits.”

The senators detailed how conglomerates, like UnitedHealth Group, with ownership across various healthcare sectors, could inflate medical payments to pharmacies and, by realizing those payments on the pharmacy side, appear to comply with MLR requirements while retaining more profits.

Moreover, despite the Democrats’ argument that the MLR would benefit patients, it has incentivized insurers to merge with or acquire pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), retail and specialty pharmacies, and healthcare providers. This, in turn, has made healthcare spending less transparent, as insurers can allegedly shift profits to their affiliates by increasing reimbursements.

Warren, who has consistently voted against Obamacare repeal efforts, notably advocated for a “Medicare for All” proposal during her 2020 presidential campaign. Despite her prior support for the healthcare law, Warren’s recent concerns about its unintended consequences have raised questions about the long-term effects of Obamacare and its impact on the healthcare industry.

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