Bill Elliot‘s heart-rending response to having his health insurance cancelled because of Obamacare tugged at America’s heart strings early this month.
His story may have also drawn the focus of the Internal Revenue Service.
Appearing on “The Kelly File” in early November, Elliot explained to host Megyn Kelly that he could not afford the new premiums in the federal exchange and did not want to “burden” his family with the cost, saying he’ll pay the fine for not having health insurance and “just let nature take its course.”
Kelly was unable to mask the devastation of that comment on her face.
Initially, Elliot’s story took a turn for the better when a health insurance broker helped him keep his existing insurance plan, at least until he learned that he’s being audited by the IRS.
According to a report in Front Page Magazine:
[Elliot] went on FOX News where his story was picked up by C. Steven Tucker, a health insurance broker who helped him keep his insurance.
Elliot was critical of President Obama in his appearance on Fox News. When asked to respond to the president’s quasi-apology for saying “if you like your current plan, you can keep it,” he said: “I believe that was more of an insult to me and other people who have been cancelled.”
That he finds himself being audited may be little more than a coincident, but it would not be the first time a critic of the president found himself up against the agency.
Dr. Ben Carson, the former surgeon who criticized Obama’s leadership and his health care plan at the National Prayer Breakfast in February told Fox News he was unfairly targeted by the IRS because of his comments.
And the scandal involving the IRS intentionally going after conservative groups remains fresh on the minds of many Americans, even though Attorney General Eric Holder has yet to interview a single group unfairly targeted.