Bill Elliot came forward with his story in the beginning of November, when the Obamacare stories were beginning to shift from the website debacle to the personal stories of the many people who were losing their individual plans, and could not afford a new one. Bill Elliot told his story to Megyn Kelly of Fox News, which was, in short, he is a cancer patient who was going to be losing his insurance coverage in the middle of treatment. After initially investigating his insurance options, he made the decision to simply pay the penalty and stop treatment in order not to bankrupt his family.
After hearing that story, C. Steven Tucker, an insurance broker, got in touch with Mr. Elliot. As a result of Mr. Tucker’s work, Bill Elliot was going to be able to keep his old insurance policy, much to his relief. Mr. Tucker talks about the experience on his own blog (emphasis from the original):
Bill just told me the following: “Steve, the company decided to keep me active. Since it is a chronic illness. Until this illness kills me. Battle #1 is won. Now the hard part. You literally saved me. Thank you so much.” Those are the greatest words I have ever heard in my 20 year career as a licensed health insurance broker. I couldn’t be a happier man today!
So, all is well that ends well, right? A happy ending! An insurance plan reinstated and a man’s life potentially saved!
Well, not so much. For while the good news from Mr. Tucker (who has been faithfully updating his original post with new developments) is that Mr. Elliott is currently in remission, but he is now being audited by the IRS, who want to go all the way back to 2009. And to make sure that no good deed goes unpunished, C. Steven Tucker is ALSO being audited – all the way back to 2003.
That is simply too much of a coincidence to actually be one.
The White House is embarrassed by all these stories. They are constantly trying to find success stories of their own to prop up, but even those have fallen apart as more time has passed, as in the case of Washington state resident Jessica Sanford, who President Obama himself touted at his Rose Garden press conference back in October. So here is a story of a man who would literally die without his health insurance, being interviewed on the “evil” Fox News, making trouble with the facts of his own situation. And he just “randomly” comes up for an audit after being interviewed on national television???
Oh, and let’s not forget Mr. Tucker, who was trying to help. He deprived the administration of being able to ride in and save the day, and kept them from turning their PR nightmare into a fairy tale where the president comes in to make a few phone calls and saves a man’s life. So, punish him for being helpful.
Remember, this is the same IRS that audited Tea Party applications for non-profit status, which the IRS later had to apologize for, and President Obama himself said was “outrageous and unacceptable” and said that there would be accountability for whoever had used the IRS in this manner. It’s been over six months since the story broke, and we’re still waiting for someone to be actually held accountable, not just resign quietly or be reassigned. And let’s not forget that Dr. Ben Carson, after daring to criticize the president to his face, got audited by the IRS as well.
So, even IF this is a coincidence (and that’s a huge IF), the Obama Administration’s credibility regarding the IRS is shot. No one will believe that it IS a coincidence that the IRS is being used as a bludgeon with which to hurt the administration’s perceived political enemies. After this pattern of proved behavior, would YOU believe that this is just a “coincidence?”