Wednesday, radio talk show host Sara Marie Brenner interviewed Bill Elliott, the cancer patient who gained notoriety when he appeared on Fox News with Megyn Kelly after his insurance was cancelled. Elliott, you may remember, later received notification of his audit from the IRS on the same day C. Steven Tucker, the man who helped him get his insurance back, received his. After reaching out to SC Governor Nikki Haley, two congressmen and a Democratic US Senator from North Carolina, he was able to get his IRS “audit” terminated.
According to Elliott, the US Senator – presumably Kay Hagan – was especially helpful on that front.
Elliott explained that he got cancer in 2007 when he was exposed to some radiological contamination in his work as a chemical and biological trainer to the military. He received a settlement from the government in 2009, which is the same year that the IRS wanted to audit. However, Elliott explains that settlements like these are tax-exempt, and that the IRS was inquiring about something to which they already should have known the answer.
Elliott went on to claim that an unnamed congressman told him that he believed the IRS inquiry had come “from the top.”
Elliott explained that he wasn’t sure whether he meant that “the top” was the president, the IRS or HHS. Someone “from the top ordered the investigation of me and Steve [Tucker],” he says. Elliott has been in communication with Governor Nikki Haley and other elected officials to obtain information and assistance.
Elliott expects to receive a confirmation soon that the IRS audit is “over with” and that he is “clean and good to go.” He plans to continue to help others who have experienced what he has, including informing others that they too can have their insurance reinstated through HIPAA laws.
I asked Elliott if he thought the congressman had any special reason to believe the IRS harassment had come from the top, and he told me that it was speculation based on the fact that 3 people got notifications around the same time.
That’s right three people. In addition to Elliott and C. Steven Tucker, there was another audit as well – of an individual who wishes to remain anonymous because he still works for the government. Elliott and Tucker got their audits on the same day. The other person must have gotten his first. Elliott told me, “that’s why I stated ‘I knew this was coming.’”
The interview begins 20:55 minutes in.