There have been numerous half-truths and outright lies told about Obamacare since 2009.
After the Obamacare health insurance exchanges opened this week, the rumor mill went into overdrive with a fresh new scary story on the conspiracy website Infowars.com.
Infowars.com reported on unsubstantiated claims that the U.S. government will take your home, bank account and suspend your driver's license, if you refuse to purchase health insurance as required by Obamacare.
A Facebook user with the handle "Will Sheehan" posted about his supposed experience on a Facebook page set up for the Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov.
Sheehan claimed that he had gone through HealthCare.gov to buy health insurance, but found his monthly premium would be "$597.00 with a $13,988 yearly deductible."
Sheehan says that after he chose to "opt-out" of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), he got an ominous email:
I received an email tonight at 5:00 P.M. informing me that my fine would be $4,037 and could be attached to my yearly income tax return. Then you make it to the 'REPERCUSSIONS PORTION' for 'non-payment' of yearly fine.
First, your drivers license will be suspended until paid, and if you go 24 consecutive months with 'Non-Payment' and you happen to be a home owner, you will have a federal tax lien placed on your home. You can agree to give your bank information so that they can easy 'Automatically withdraw' your 'penalties' weekly, bi-weekly or monthly! This by no means is 'Free' or even 'Affordable.'
According to Mother Jones and Infowars.com, the Affordable Care Act actually says the IRS cannot file a lien on a home or seize a bank account if you do not have health insurance.
However, Infowars.com still tried to put the fear of big government into its readers: "Either Sheehan’s claim that he received this notice is a lie, or the feds have been dishonest with the American people all along, and the revolt against Obamacare is about to take 'don't tread on me' to a whole new level."