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Drudge Has Twitter Exchange With White House Aide Over Obamacare

Posted on March 22, 2014

A White House aide set off a stampede of liberal media criticism for Internet news pioneer Matt Drudge over Obamacare – but his critics don’t seem to understand how small businesses pay taxes.

The brouhaha started when Drudge tweeted:


Jesse Lee, the Director of Progressive Media at Barack Obama’s White House, responded that that was a “Flat lie, no fee for previous year,” adding, “Scary how much influence he once had.”

Lee’s response to Drudge set off a firestorm in the liberal media, with many mainstream media and left-wing reporters countering him on Twitter and in their own articles to claim he does not have to pay Obamacare’s Individual Mandate tax until next year. The individual mandate went into effect Jan. 1 of this year, and most people paying their taxes right now are paying taxes for 2013.

“Dude, there’s no penalty until next yr,” Sahil Kapur of the leftwing Talking Points Memo tweeted.

Kapur’s colleague at TPM Dylan Scott wrote a full story with a headline alleging Drudge was “probably lying.”

“Americans don’t pay a penalty for not having health insurance until they file their 2014 taxes — in 2015,” Scott wrote. “So either Drudge is lying or he paid a huge penalty a year earlier than he needed to.”

“Penalty isn’t collected until 2015,” Sam Baker of National Journal tweeted at Drudge.

The Huffington Post’s Jeffrey Young wrote a full article in which he described Drudge’s tweet as “weird” and a “little head-scratching” because the Obamacare tax does not kick in until the 2014 tax year.

Drudge indicated in his followup tweets that since he is self-employed as the proprietor of The Drudge Report, he files as a small business. According to the IRS’s website for self-employed individuals, they are required to pay taxes quarterly.

“As a self-employed individual, generally you are required to file an annual return and pay estimated tax quarterly,” the IRS website reads.

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22 thoughts on “Drudge Has Twitter Exchange With White House Aide Over Obamacare

  1. What a waste of time…..we are being taxed into oblivion anyways……just leading to the next Revolutionary War to free ourselves again from the Kings of Wall St and Government.

  2. 2warabnvet says:

    You be wise to question or disbelieve ANYTHING coming from any member of the Obama Administration.

  3. Tax! Tax! Taxed! Hell I work for the asshole salaries. Time to take up arms and stop this nonses

  4. kc135topboom says:

    Matt Drudge is absolutely right. Any small business must pay their taxes quarterly. For this quarter (2014Q1), those tax payment are due on 3/31/2014.
    This just shows how the news media, and the "Director of Progressive Media" (WTF is that?) are ignorant of the tax laws, as well as the Obamadon'tcare law.

  5. Can you say REVOLUTION

  6. Progressive Media? Do you also smell a debauched axelrod?

  7. mutantone says:

    make a payment that way they can not say your late

  8. cbanalyst says:

    Something MUST change- the lies are getting out-of-hand!

  9. "Bush lied – people died", Obama lies – no one cries!

  10. Is there any intelligent life in the white house?

  11. CAN YOU SAY::::: A LARGE TREASON PARTY? The dems are famous for lying and deceit since the early days including using KKK for intimidation and knocking off opponents just so they would win. THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT THEMSELVES AND NOTHING FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY

  12. Like Reagan said, "The left knows a lot but most of what they know is all wrong."

  13. The fool liberals jump all over Drudge and it turns out that they don't even understand their own product. The consider themselves the intelligentsia elite, but I am constantly amazed at how little they really know. See my blog at http://cranky-conservative.blogspot.com

  14. This is why the corrupt IRS is in charge of this. Everytime you pay your taxes they pick your pocket. Ylu have no choice you are slaves of the government. Instead of paying back a refund they steal it in the guise of sub par Obamacare. As always the government takes and never delivers. High priced third world healthcare is coming. Everyones quality healthcare is being cancelled because democrats voted for it to happen. No private quality insurance to measure up to means you will get little care yet surrender your last penny. No competition denotes lowest quality everytime. You have no choice. Obamacare has to be abolished as the worst unconstitutional human abuse ever done to an American.

  15. Amazing. You would think that there would be at least ONE of all of those liberal air-heads who would be smart enough to figure that out ahead before they put their foot in it.
    But NO. All of them are stupid. I guess that goes along with being LIBERAL.

  16. Intelligent? Yes
    More importantly WICKED? YES YES YES

  17. From the Bible, "There is a way that seemeth right to man, but the end, thereof, is DESTRUCTION."

  18. rightsright says:

    Just another example: When Obama challenged Mitt Romney about Putin and Romney would not back down, turns out Mitt was right on as was Sarah Palin about Putin. Obama was completely wrong, but then is he working with Putin? That's the big question as far as I am concerned. Also Michelle will answer no question while on her TAXPAYER financed vacation to (Communist) China, very strange indeed!

  19. Drudge is telling the liberal fools ahead of time, that they're going to pay trough their noses, and putting it off another year won't matter, since the only way to stop the nonsense, is to get rid of Obama care, witch means getting rid of the democrap controlled senate…

  20. Why are so many liberals describing Drudge’s “liberty tax” (aptly named) as a penalty? I thought that the money we have to pay for NOT buying an Obamacare approved health policy was deemed to be a TAX by the administration once they were already in arguments before the Supreme Court? Remember that stupid liberals? Your penalty would have been unconstitutional, so you changed the word to TAX which somehow allowed the Supreme Court to mandate this crap tax on us for something we don’t want to buy.

  21. Businesses don't have to pay quarterly but they will face an additional penalty for late taxes.

  22. kc135topboom says:

    Businesses are paying 2014 taxes now. The SCOTUS ruled that Obamacare is a tax (even though it did not originate in the House, as required by the Constitution)