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By Doug Powers  •  May 17, 2013 11:44 AM

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Tip: If you ever apply for medical treatment under the Affordable Care Act because you were burned by hot tea at a party, be very careful how you phrase it or you might end up in the waiting room for a looong time.

From ABC News:

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 IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.

Ingram’s gig was apparently a very rewarding experience:

Sarah Hall Ingram, the IRS executive in charge of the tax exempt division in 2010 when it began targeting conservative Tea Party, evangelical and pro-Israel groups for harassment, got more than $100,000 in bonuses between 2009 and 2012.

That was in addition to the $175,000-ish annual salary. There are no details as yet about what precisely what Ingram did to merit large bonuses in the past few years, but somebody might be able to answer that question:

Bonuses as large as those awarded to Ingram typically require presidential approval, according to federal personnel regulations.

And now she’s one of the people in charge of coming up with the seating chart for the upcoming Obamacare train wreck.

The House is now holding a hearing about the IRS targeting of conservative groups. Watch live online here.

A sampling of questions the IRS asked conservatives groups seeking tax exempt status is here. I think it’s a joke, but these days it’s hard to tell the difference.

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