News hound says he would rather “pay the tax” than get government mandated health insurance
January 7, 2014
Alternative media icon Matt Drudge says he has “opted out of Obamacare for life”, and will pay a fine rather than be forced to buy health insurance by the US government.
The creator of The Drudge Report, the biggest news aggregator on the internet, shot out a tweet today declaring that he would rather “pay the tax” than sign up for Obamacare, stating that it is “monopoly money anyway.”
I've opted out of Obamacare for life. Not interested. Pay the tax. Monopoly money anyway…
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) January 7, 2014
Drudge has been a staunch critic of the Affordable Health Care Act since its inception, regularly carrying stories that have exposed how Obamacare has caused millions of Americans to lose their health insurance plans, and seen millions have their premiums skyrocket.
Drudge’s declaration that he would rather pay a fine than enroll via a government healthcare exchange is an opinion that is shared by many Americans.
Take cancer survivor Bill Elliot, who has opted to pay the fine for not having health insurance because he lost his existing plan and now cannot afford the new premiums in the federal exchange. Elliot explained back in November that he did not want to “burden” his family with the cost, so will instead “just let nature take its course.”
After sharing his story on national news programs and being critical of President Obama, Elliot found out that he is now being audited back to 2009 by the IRS. Even more disturbing is the fact that C. Steven Tucker, a health insurance broker who offered to help Elliot keep his insurance, is also being audited by the IRS, back ten years to 2003.
This is just one example of how Obamacare is literally ruining lives.
Just how the government will effectively enforce fines for those refusing to take up health insurance remains to be seen. However, The Drudge Report carried Infowars’ own article from October detailing how a man who attempted to sign up for Obamacare online was told that a fine of over $4,000 dollars a year for refusing to take out mandatory health insurance could be taken directly from his bank account, and that his drivers license would be suspended and a federal tax lien placed against his home.
The federal government has consistently denied that any fines pertaining to Obamacare non-compliance could be seized from bank accounts, despite reports last year that the IRS had hired 16,500 new agents to harass citizens who attempt to evade the new law.
Meanwhile, the Obamacare website is still leaving hundreds of thousands of willing participants without health insurance due to its inoperability.
In five states alone — Florida, Texas, Illinois, South Carolina and Arizona — about 104,000 people are still waiting to get enrolled in the public programs after trying to sign up through healthcare.gov, according to state officials and advocacy groups.
Administration officials previously assured Congress that the site would be fully operational by the beginning of December – another empty Obamacare promise.
The government’s goal of enrolling 7 million Americans on to Obamacare by the end of March is still a pipe dream, with only 2.1 million people having been enrolled in private plans on state and federal health care exchanges, according to government statements.
As we have previously noted, the 7 million figure was chosen because it represents the number needed to make the Affordable Health Care Act a financially viable program. Without these numbers by March, the entire program, already an unmitigated disaster and facing fierce opposition, could face extinction.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.
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