Trying to use fear of personal information gathering to gather personal information:
As for the claim that the law will require the government to turn over health records to the IRS, Hall said that is simply not true. Berger’s intention for the petition remains unclear. But often online petitions serve a distinct political purpose. Berger has been mentioned as a potential challenger to U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-Greensboro, in 2014.“Sen. Berger is running for first shot at the primary against Kay Hagan,” said Don Taylor, a health policy expert and Duke University professor, to explain the petition.
I never thought anyone could compete with Dick Burr's "Say Anything, Do Nothing" record in the U.S. Senate, but Phil Berger has potential. And as far as truth in advertising is concerned:
The petition appears on the Eden Republican’s campaign website. And its language perpetuates one of the bigger myths about the Affordable Care Act, said Mark Hall, a health policy expert at Wake Forest University’s law school.
“These arguments have been rejected – it is the law of the land,” said Hall.
Such suggestions, in various forms, have been debunked by independent fact-checkers and the IRS. PolitiFact gave a similar claim – it referred to “private medical records” – made by the Association of Mature American Citizens a “pants on fire” rating in December. “It’s just one of those absurd lies,” Hall said.
Creating unwarranted fear and unrealistic expectations is the meat and potatoes of the propagandist. The truth? The truth rarely serves the purposes of a man like Phil Berger, who thrives on pulling the community apart.
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