A cancer patient who said publicly that his health coverage was canceled because of Obamacare now says he's being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.
Bill Elliott appeared on Fox News' "The Kelly File" earlier this month and said he was told that his cancer was considered "beyond a catastrophic pre-existing condition" and his plan was being canceled because of new regulations.
He said he was given the option of a new $1,500-per-month plan, up from the $180 per month or so that he'd been paying. Elliott told Fox's Megyn Kelly that he had decided he wasn't going to pay for the new expensive plan, and was instead going to take the financial penalty and "let nature take its course."
Appearing this week on "Rocky D" on Charleston, S.C.'s WQSC, Elliott said that after a media frenzy, his insurance company worked it out with him to allow him to keep his coverage -- but there's a new hitch.
"Monday I got a certified letter, I went down and got it and it's from the IRS and they are auditing my books from 2009," Elliott said.
He said he didn't own a business at that time, and in fact was working for the government. He said he's paid his taxes every year and is not any kind of a tax evader.
There was one more part of the notice -- Elliott said that "due to federal budget cuts," the meeting between him and the IRS won't take place until April 2014.
"It doesn't matter. It could've been today if they wanted it to," he said.
The radio host said, "you stood up and spoke out about how Obamacare screwed over your insurance and probably would kill you and what's the next thing that happened? You get audited by the IRS. That is not a coincidence."
"No it's not," Elliott said.
And it might not just be Elliott: C. Steven Tucker, an insurance broker who contacted Elliott after his Fox News appearance, said that after he helped assist Elliott with his coverage, the IRS "are now coming after ME all the way back to 2003."
Elliott told Kelly that he actually voted for Obama over Mitt Romney last year specifically because he liked what Obama had promised about being able to keep your doctors and your insurance plans.
Elliott said on the "Rocky D" show that he's doing better now health-wise, thought still has to have bone scans every four months.