Another Fake Scare Story: Obamacare Gonna Come Take Yo Money

Posted: October 4, 2013 in bat-s**t-crazy, medicine, politics
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I’ve done a few “fake news” stories that’ve come out of World Net Daily. This one is the equivalent of WND posting as true one of those chain e-mails from a decade ago saying something like, if that e-mail is forwarded to 1 million people, then Bill Gates will save a dying kitty.

This link is from InfoWars.com (yup, Alex Jones), and WND has it headlined, “Obamacare Fines to be Seized from Bank Accounts?” It has an average rating of 4.50 out of 18 votes, and it currently has 58 comments after two days of being up. The commenters of course are eating it up and screaming as you’d expect.

Too bad it’s fake.

It took me only 30 seconds to find this Mother Jones article (and others like it) entitled, “Why Conservatives Are Saying Obamacare Could Take Your House.”

What InfoWars did was to cite a Facebook post as proof:

Obamacare Gonna Take Yo Money - Proof on Facebook

Obamacare Gonna Take Yo Money – Proof on Facebook

If you can’t read it, here’s the post text:

I actually made it through this morning at 8:00 A.M. I have a preexisting condition (Type 1 Diabetes) and my income base was 45K-55K annually I chose tier 2 ‘Silver Plan’ and my monthly premiums came out to $597.00 with $13,988 yearly deductible!!! There is NO POSSIBLE way that I can afford this so I ‘opt-out’ and chose to continue along with no insurance.

I received an email tonight at 5:00 P.M. informing me that my fine would be $4,037 and could be attached to my yearly income tax return. Then you make it to the ‘REPERCUSSIONS PORTION’ for ‘non-payment’ of yearly fine. First, your drivers license will be suspended until paid, and if you go 24 consecutive months with ‘Non-Payment’ and you happen to be a home owner, you will have a federal tax lien placed on your home. You can agree to give your bank information so that they can easy ‘Automatically withdraw’ your ‘penalties’ weekly, bi-weekly or monthly! This by no means is ‘Free’ or even ‘Affordable.’

Again, fake. To quote Mother Jones:

The Affordable Care Act itself states that the IRS cannot file a lien on a property because an uninsured person fails to pay a penalty. Nor can it seize bank accounts or garnish paychecks to recover Obamacare fines. Nor will Americans who refuse to pay for mandatory health insurance be subject to criminal prosecution of any kind.

Infowars acknowledges all this, but concludes that the Facebook poster, Will Sheehan, still might be right: “Either Sheehan’s claim that he received this notice is a lie, or the feds have been dishonest with the American people all along, and the revolt against Obamacare is about to take ‘don’t tread on me’ to a whole new level.”

I really shouldn’t have to do a post like this, but, well, good journalism is not high on the list of World Net Daily priorities.

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