CT Fox Affiliate Pulls ‘Unsubstantiated’ American Action Network Ad About Health Reform

Greg Sargent points out that FOX CT, a local Fox affiliate in Connecticut, has pulled an ad bankrolled by undisclosed donors to the American Action Network. “The group has sunk at least $445,000 into attacking Rep. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who is running for reelection in a tough district against Republican Sam Caligiuri,” and this latest ad accuses him of supporting a health care law that jails individuals who don’t purchase coverage and provides “free health care for illegal immigrants”:

A government health care mess, thanks to Nancy Pelosi and Chris Murphy. Five-hundred billion in Medicare cuts, free health care for illegal immigrants, thousands of new IRS agents, jail time for anyone without coverage, and now a 47% increase in Connecticut health care premiums.

Watch it:

“Following a review of the spot titled ‘Mess’ and the documentation provided by the American Action Network, WTIC-TV, the FOX affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut, believes the commercial’s claims are unsubstantiated and has removed it from air,” FOX CT spokeswoman Andrea Savastra told the CapitolWatch blog. “It is the station’s responsibility to review commercials (candidates ‘uses’ being the exception) to protect the public from false or misleading statements,” she added.

Indeed, the Affordable Care Act specifically states that the Secretary “shall not file notice of lien with respect to any property of a taxpayer by reason of any failure to pay the penalty imposed by [the minimum coverage requirement], or levy on any such property with respect to such failure.’’ On March 25, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified before a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee that “the IRS won’t be auditing individuals to certify that they have obtained health insurance.” Rather, insurance companies “will issue forms certifying that individuals have coverage that meets the federal mandate.” “So there’s not going to be any discussions about health coverage with an IRS employee,” Shulman said.

Section 1411 of the Affordable Care Act states that individuals have to be legal immigrants or citizens in order to receive subsidies under the law.