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Letter: Abuse of power

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Another sad and outrageous abuse of power from the Obama administration has taken place recently. 

In South Carolina a cancer patient named Bill Elliott was notified that his insurance was being cancelled due to Obamacare and that the new costs of treating it would be so high that it would leave his family penniless. His case was profiled on the Fox News program “The Kelly File”, where he said that he would let the cancer kill him rather than subject his family to the financial burden. 

Watching the program that day was outspoken Obamacare critic C. Steven Tucker, who decided that he was going to help Elliott. He contacted him and explained to him that the Obamacare regulation that cancelled Elliott’s insurance did not trump existing federal law which allows him to keep it. 

Tucker was able to get Elliott back on his old plan at his old rates. Elliott resumed cancer treatments and his cancer went into remission.

Just as they were celebrating the good news, however, both of them say they recieved notices from the IRS right before Thanksgiving. Elliott said he was notified that he was being subject to an audit and Tucker was notified that he owed thousands of dollars from three and 10 years earlier that would be due on Dec. 26, ho-ho-ho. 

Elliott says South Carolina politicians have intervened on his behalf and he no longer is being audited by the IRS.

The IRS already is in the middle of a scandal for targeting conservatives and tea party acitivists for harrassment. What are the odds of both Tucker and Elliott getting hammered by the IRS on the same day right after their legal victory over Obamacare? 

Clearly this is not a coincidence. It’s another abuse of power from a federal government that is growing at an alarming rate. To go after a man battling cancer and his advocate is outrageous. 

The old saying “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts abslolutely” is being demonstrated in this instance. Our economy and our rights under a constitutional republic cannot survive much longer if federal power keeps increasing.  

Ted McCarron


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