Matt Drudge, proprietor of the Drudge Report website, recently got ObamaCare supporters, including the White House, all riled up when he stated that he had already begun paying his individual-mandate penalty. Drudge, it seems, is refusing to purchase health insurance as required by the healthcare law and thus is liable for the penalty, which for 2014 comes to one percent of his income or $95, whichever is higher, and increases in subsequent years.
At 10:09 a.m. on March 21, Drudge tweeted: “Just paid the Obamacare penalty for not ‘getting covered’… I’M CALLING IT A LIBERTY TAX!”
Just 22 minutes later, White House Director of Progressive Media Jesse Lee shot back: “Flat lie, no fee for previous year. Scary how much influence he [Drudge] once had.”
Other ObamaCare defenders also sprang into action.
“Dude, there’s no penalty until next yr,” Sahil Kapur of Talking Points Memo replied to Drudge’s tweet. Kapur’s colleague Dylan Scott posted a piece declaring that “either Drudge is lying or he paid a huge penalty a year earlier than he needed to.”
“Penalty is due, if no insurance, with your taxes. Since it starts 2014, it’s not due until 2015,” wrote Randy Slovacek of the Randy Report. “Hmm … Doesn’t pass smell test.”
“Like many Conservatives, Matt Drudge is proud, proud, proud of being an idiot,” said ACTORSandCREW.
The Huffington Post and the Washington Post also got into the act, the former calling Drudge’s tweet “weird” and “a little head-scratching” and the latter attempting humor with the remark “Maybe that copy of ‘FurboTax’ he [Drudge] bought on Ebay wasn’t actually legit.”
Nor was the “compassionate” Left found wanting for retorts. Anthony Flores replied to Drudge’s tweet with “Good. Increased odds that Drudge will die,” and someone known as BidensGlasses commented, “We should waive the penalty for Drudge. It’s in ALL our interest for him to not be covered.”
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Photo of Matt Drudge from 1998: AP Images