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Fox News’ Demented Scandal Mashup: The IRS Will Kill Conservatives With Obamacare
Fox News is so desperate for a scandal that they have combined the IRS and Obamacare into a claim that the IRS is going to use Obamacare to deny conservatives health care.
Here is the video via Media Matters:
Doocy: We’ve been telling you about the IRS scandal right? How they’ve been targeting conservatives, tea party, stuff like that. Turns out, the woman in charge of cracking down on the 501c threes and fours, Sarah Hall Ingram, the IRS official. She’s no longer in the job of cracking down on conservatives. No, she been in charge now of running the Obamacare office at the IRS. What possibly could go wrong there? Holy cow.
Carlson: It’s unbelievable, actually. Because when this story started to break in the last few days, one of the concerns that would be a caveat is, and by the way the IRS is going to be in charge of Obamacare, remember that? So maybe, that would make people feel a little uneasy. To think that the same woman who is accused of targeting these tea party and conservative and religious groups who spoke out against the government. To think that this same woman is going to be in charge of the same division of the same people who spoke out against Obamacare, she’s going to have to go against about 50% of the country.
Doocy: Well, this is a little scary. Just think about the nexus of IRS with healthcare and the fact that she — keep in mind, one of the things from the IG report was, one of the problems with the IRS, was they blamed ineffective management. Well, she was the management, and now she’s running Obamacare at the IRS? Going forward, just imagine: okay, so you go in and you’re, you’re trying to get a doctor’s appointment; right? And they go, we see from your tax records — how would that possibly be possible? — We see from your tax records that you support the Tea Party or conservative groups. You want a doctor’s visit? Three weeks. You want hip replacement? Four years.
Carlson: I think the big issue for me this morning though is that she didn’t come to that position on her own. I mean somebody is directly putting her in that position after what she did to the conservative groups.
According to Fox News, the IRS is going to look at tax records and deny conservatives health care if they oppose Obama. There are several problems with this premise. First, the IRS isn’t running Obamacare. The IRS will be enforcing Obamacare. The IRS will be making sure that people have health insurance. The second problem with the Fox conspiracy is that the IRS won’t have access to anyone’s medical records. The third Fox News fallacy is that the government will be making healthcare decisions. Insurance companies, not the IRS, will still decide what is covered by your insurance.
Fox News is so desperate for a scandal that they created this unholy mashup of Obamacare and the IRS in order to scare the hell out of their viewers. The right has already started giving Sarah Hall Ingram the Van Jones treatment in the hopes of building a Frankenstein monster of Obama conspiracies.
The fact that Fox News is desperately trying to cobble the odds and ends of whatever Obama conspiracy that they happen to have handy into a scandal is a strong indication that they are well aware that the latest Republican attempts to create an Obama scandal are going nowhere.
The right is amping up the paranoia, which means that they are playing an empty hand. If they are going with Obama is going to use the IRS to kill conservatives with Obamacare, they reverting back to their old playbook.
Fox News is reeking of desperation, and this is more proof that the latest Republican plot to get Obama has fallen flat on its face.