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Obamacare Flops on Center Stage

After being buried in the headlines the last few weeks, the rollout of the Affordable Care Act is finally front and center. This week news outlets turned their attention squarely on Obamacare after it's disastrous debut was upstaged by the 16-day government shutdown.

Expect a slew of hearings investigating the fall out. Already, lawmakers grilled the primary contractors responsible for the glitch-ridden online exchanges this week. And next week, they're going to hear from Obamacare's chief lieutenant, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

We at Beltway Buzz predict plenty of fireworks and suggest Secretary Sebelius prepare to get an earful from Republicans, who hate the law, and Democrats, who were hoping to campaign on Obamacare's potential success and popularity in the 2014 midterm elections.

One of the major problems, as Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice pointed out in a recent interview on The 700 Club, is the government agency responsible for enforcing the individual mandate requiring every American to have health insurance, (the Internal Revenue Service) is the very same agency currently mired in a scandal of its own.

Watch John Jessup's story and learn more about the problems plaguing the IRS and the ongoing investigations.

The ACLJ is representing more than 40 Tea Party, educational, and pro-life organizations in 22 states in a federal lawsuit against the IRS.They say the IRS either delayed or denied their tax exempt status for political purposes.

"That should raise the concern level significantly," warned Sekulow.