Propaganda: NPR Incorrectly Claims IRS Has Nothing to do With Obamacare

During the May 22 broadcast of National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation,” host Neil Conan repeatedly contradicted a guest by claiming that the IRS has nothing at all to do with Obamacare. NPR’s Conan is, of course, completely incorrect. The IRS is up to it’s Tea Party harassing neck in Obamacare.

The guest Conan contradicted was Kellyanne Conway, a Republican strategist and pollster. Conway was on to discuss the various scandals in which Obama is mired and close to the end of her segment she questioned how the American people can trust the IRS to implement Obamacare.

Conan initially pressed her on the claim saying that she must have “misspoken.”

“And I think you may have misspoken earlier, Kellyanne Conway, about the IRS and its role in health care,” the host claimed. “It is responsible for collecting the fine if somebody does not get healthcare, it’s not responsible whether somebody gets healthcare or not.”

Conway went on properly to note that the IRS does, indeed, have a large hand on the tiller of Obamacare.

The Republican pollster noted that the American people are quite in the dark about how far reaching this Obamacare law is. They are in the dark about how it is supposed to work, she said. “When [the American people] think of implementing Obamacare… they aren’t thinking of the IRS,” she said.

Conway also reminded host Conan why Obamacare was upheld by the Supreme Court last year. It wasn’t upheld under the Commerce Clause, it was upheld under the federal government’s taxing powers.

“So, the same IRS that is playing politics with people’s lives and their applications will also have some kind of authority over what happens with healthcare,” she said.

As they came upon a break, Conan’s reply was a succinct–and wholly wrong–“No it won’t.”

Of course, the truth is that the IRS does have a large role in implementing Obamacare. Conan’s guest, Kellyanne Conway, even cited the Washington Post report that noted that the IRS has already created a large bureaucratic flowchart to implement Obamacare.

Even citing the left-leaning Post, though, wasn’t enough to convince the ill-informed NPR host.

But he is wrong. The IRS does have a large role in Obamacare. As the Heritage Foundation reports, “The GAO wrote that the IRS ‘has responsibilities in the implementation of 47’ provisions, while the Treasury inspector general concluded that ‘at least 42 provisions [of Obamacare] add to or amend the Internal Revenue Code.'”

That is hardly the “no it won’t” that NPR host Neil Conan insisted upon, is it?

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  • Only in a progtard’s eye…

  • GarandFan

    NPR and “political propaganda” have a lot in common!

    And then stupid people wonder why there is a move to de-fund NPR.

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  • LiberalNightmare

    Our tax dollars at work.

  • Bird666

    What an idiot. For years, rules and proposed rules jointly issued by HHS, EBSA, and IRS implementing the tyranny of the ACA have run in the Federal Register.

  • LYING LOW LIFE REGIME. . . Do these WH IRS Criminals really believe “We The People” believe a word they say? No Way! Lois Lerner is being paid HUSH MONEY, what a lying whore for the Regime, what a disgraceful evil witch!
    Maybe we need to bring back the Salem Witch Trials about now, then lets see how fast and furious Lerner talks, huh!
    This Regime better take heed: LIVE BY THE SWORD, DIE BY THE SWORD!
    That is a principle of God’s Law.

  • Par4Course

    It’s interesting that no one in the IRS is challenging the charitable 501(c)(3) status of NPR, which consistently pumps out the Democrat party line. Perhaps Lois Lerner would be looking into that if she weren’t on paid leave. I wonder how long NPR would last if its donors didn’t get a tax write-off for their contributions.

  • mikegiles

    Another Progressive who views reality, not as it is, but as he wants it to be.