Drudge, White House in Twitter Spat over Obamacare Mandate Payment


Matt Drudge, the reclusive operator behind the titular website, took to Twitter Friday night to complain about paying the Obamacare mandate penalty, as he has “opted out of Obamacare for life”:

Others were quick to point out that he was jumping the gun, as the penalty would be applied for the 2014 tax year, and thus wouldn’t be filed until 2015:

The White House responded via a spokesperson:

Drudge appears to pay a quarterly estimated tax, as many self-employed individuals do. However, the IRS does not yet have a mechanism set up for accepting mandate payments, nor has it released guidelines for determining the specific amount owed. “For whatever reason, Matt Drudge has decided to give the government an interest-free loan,” one tax specialist told the Huffington Post.

In response to a request for comment from Talking Points Memo, Drudge tweeted:

[h/t Yahoo News]

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