Friday, April 9, 2010

MS-01: Y'all Politics spread GOP lies... again, shocker

Y'all Politics has an article up about how the Health Care Reform bill will have the IRS enforcing the Health Care Reform insurance mandates, all the while blaming Travis Childers for a bill he did not vote for, although I wish he would have. Hey Travis, you know you are in Washington when you get blamed for the passage did not vote for.

Why, Travis, why?

In light of Rep. Childers' strong opposition to repealing the president's healthcare takeover, the Nunnelee campaign will today begin highlighting various provisions of the bill and asking why the congressman wants them to remain law.

Obamacare will establish an un-American "individual mandate," forcing North Mississippians to buy health insurance or face a huge fine enforced by the IRS:
Y'all Politics

While this all sounds scary, it just so happens to not be true. This type if dishonesty has been standard operating procedure for the GOP lately. Repeat a lie until your face turns blue, and hopefully enough fools will think it is true. Death panels, socialism, blah, blah, blah...

Fortunately there are independent non-partisan groups that do fact checking, such as Let us see what they have to say about the IRS agents, and for that fact the integrity of Y'all Politics.

Q: Will the IRS hire 16,500 new agents to enforce the health care law?

A: No. The law requires the IRS mostly to hand out tax credits, not collect penalties. The claim of 16,500 new agents stems from a partisan analysis based on guesswork and false assumptions, and compounded by outright misrepresentation.

That pretty much sums it up, but if you still have doubts watch this video.

Hey Y'all Politics and Alan Nunnelee; newsflash, you cannot debate a lie.


  1. "Y'all Politics spread GOP lies... again, shocker"

    Oh, no! Say it ain't so! The guys at Y'all lying, or confabulating or exaggerating? Noooooooo!


  2. Reasonably Prudent PersonApril 11, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    I guess while we are talking about the truth, let me spread some.

    The bill does have penalties associated with not having health insurance.

    I quote an article by CNN:

    The new law creates penalties in the tax code as an incentive.

    An adult who does not have health insurance by 2014 would be penalized $95 or 1 percent of income, whichever is greater, so long as the amount does not exceed the price tag of a basic health plan.

    But by 2016, the penalty increases to $695 for an uninsured adult, and up to $2,085 per household, or 2.5 percent of income, whichever is greater.

    A person would also be penalized only if he or she went more than three months of the year without insurance.

    Some people are exempt from the new law. If a person's income is below a certain level, or if the cheapest insurance would cost 8 percent of the person's income, no penalty would apply for lack of coverage.

    I have no idea why the IRS is hiring new agents.

    But, I will submit that the IRS is charged with collecting tax penalties.

    So, the truth can be stated:

    "If you do not have health insurance, and are not exempt from having health insurance, you will have to pay a tax penalty. If you do not pay your taxes, there is a good chance the IRS will pursue you, often tacking on penalties and interest, and their liens are superior to anyone else's." - RPP (Please attribute that quote to me)

    But let's face it, 47% of the population does not pay income taxes, and many actually receive money back without paying in. A tax penalty doesn't mean much when you don't pay anyway.