Angry about Obamacare?
Every morning a new headline reveals the latest outrage buried in the 2,572 pages of the legislation… about which Nancy Pelosi said: “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.”
Fact is, we’re just beginning to find out “what’s in it.” This past Thursday, the major media announced that UPS is dropping coverage for spouses because of the total 11.25% in increased costs.
The University of Virginia is looking at an additional $7 million in Obamacare fees and taxes.
This is just the beginning. It’s a snowball rolling down a mountain, the catastrophe getting bigger by the day.
The 20 new taxes and tax increases… The trillion dollars added to our debt… The battalion of new IRS investigators hired to enforce it… The 175,000 “navigators” who will go door-to-door threatening you to sign up.
Forced colonoscopies? Even that may be in your future. That’s no joke.
Obamacare includes such a variety and volume of negative policies that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Here is a list of 10 terrible provisions that every American should be aware of:
- It increases taxes on families earning over $250,000. In 2013, the employee portion of the Medicare payroll tax will increase from 1.45 percent to 2.35 percent for families earning $250,000 or more and individuals earning $200,000 or more. The income threshold is not indexed for inflation, so more and more middle-income families will be hit by the tax hike as time goes on.
- It adds a new tax to investment income. The increased payroll tax rate is also applied to high-earners’ investment income for the first time beginning in 2013. It will hit capital gains, dividends, rents, and royalties, discouraging investment and harming economic growth.
- It puts new limitations on those with HSAs and FSAs. Starting in 2012, Obamacare restricts the products that consumers may purchase with a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Savings Account (FSA)—such as over-the-counter medications—and increases the penalty for such non-qualified uses of HSAs. It also limits the amount taxpayers may deposit into an FSA to $2,500 a year in 2013.
- It adds a new tax on those who purchase medical devices. In 2013, a 2.3 percent excise tax will be applied to medical devices, causing a $28.5 billion tax hike on medical device manufacturers. The industry will pay for this tax by reducing jobs and passing additional costs on to consumers.
- It penalizes marriage. Obamacare creates new taxpayer-funded subsidies for the low and middle classes to purchase health coverage, but the structure of the subsidies allows two individuals to claim more in subsidies alone than if married. This discriminates against married couples and discourages marriage at almost all age and income levels.
- It violates religious liberty. The Department of Health and Human Services included the full range of contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs, among the women-specific preventive services that Obamacare requires insurers to include with no cost-sharing. This mandate violates Americans’ conscience rights and religious liberty. Its narrow exemption for religious employers will force many who find these products morally objectionable—including religious charities, hospitals, and schools—to pay for them.
- It puts Medicare decisions in the hands of an unelected board. The Independent Payment Advisory Board, a board of 15 unelected officials, will have the power to cut Medicare spending without congressional approval. These unaccountable government appointees will be able to restrict seniors’ access to providers, treatments, and services.
- It puts a premium tax on health insurers. Obamacare adds a premium tax on health insurers that offer full coverage beginning in 2014. On average, the tax is expected to increase premiums by 1.9 percent to 2.3 percent in 2014 and between 2.8 percent and 3.7 percent by 2023. Combined with the other provisions in Obamacare, this tax will have a huge impact on the cost of premiums.
- It creates a new unsustainable entitlement program. On top of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Obamacare created a new long-term care entitlement called the CLASS program. It is actuarially unsound, unworkable, and unsustainable. As a result, the Administration has already put its implementation “on hold.”
- It puts over half of all Americans on a government program. Because of Obamacare’s huge expansion of Medicaid and creation of taxpayer-funded subsidies to purchase health coverage, more than half of all Americans will be dependent on a government health care program (Medicare, Medicaid, or the government exchanges) by the end of this decade.
(From various news sources)
More, from NaturalNews.com:
The Supreme Court’s contemptible decision last year to ignore every element of constitutional intent by declaring Obamacare a legitimate “tax” on American taxpayers has created a laundry list of new responsibilities for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), according to reports. As the enforcement arm of this gargantuan federal sick care scam, the IRS will reportedly have to administer and manage an extortionate 47 Obamacare tax provisions starting next year, for which the entity will require billions of dollars in new funding.
Beginning on January 1, 2014, all “nonexempt individuals” living in the United States will allegedly be required to maintain what the federal government has decorously termed “minimum essential coverage” under Obamacare. Those who do not maintain such coverage will be expected to pay a so-called “shared responsibility payment” on their federal income tax return – in reality, this absurd “payment” is nothing more than a coercive fine for non-compliance with the Obamacare mandate.
But who is going to make sure that every single eligible taxpayer in the country either maintains Obamacare coverage or pays the fine? Well, that would be the IRS, according to CNBC. Not only this, but the IRS will also have to figure out how to distribute roughly 18 million Obamacare subsidies to American taxpayers who earn less than $45,000 per year in taxable income, an enormous undertaking that IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman says will require $13.1 billion just for the 2014 fiscal year.
“The impact of the IRS on health care reform is huge,” says Paul Hamburger, a partner and employee benefits lawyer at Proskauer Rose LLP, as quoted by CNBC. “Other agencies like Social Security will be checking for mistakes, but the IRS is the key enforcer. It’s also going to help manage who might get health care.”
GOOD NEWS: IRS TECHNICALLY HAS NO POWER TO ENFORCE PENALTIES FOR NOT PURCHASING HEALTH INSURANCE
An interesting fact that few people are aware of, however, is that the so-called Affordable Care Act does not actually spell out how the IRS can enforce the collection of penalties for those individuals that choose not to abide by the unconstitutional law’s insurance mandate. According to reports, the IRS will surely ask for the money, but there exist no civil or criminal penalties for those who refuse to pay it, which is good news for the millions of Americans who decide to take control of their own health destinies.
“The ACA (Affordable Care Act) bars the IRS from bringing a criminal enforcement case against someone who refuses to pay the non-insurance penalty,” explains Forbes. “And it makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for it to enforce a tax lien.”
OBAMACARE PASSAGE ILLEGAL; LEGISLATION DID NOT ORIGINATE IN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Another factor in this whole Obamacare debacle is the reality that the bill itself did not originate in the House of Representatives as required by law, which means it is not technically valid or enforceable.
YourHoustonNews.com explains that, by law, any new law that extracts money from taxpayers must originate in the House – the Affordable Care Act originated in the Senate. Beyond this, many have also correctly pointed out that there is no reasonable or logical way for Obamacare to be considered a legitimate tax.
“If the mandate’s penalty is a tax, it is not a tax on income, but on disobedience,” wrote one insightful and fully aware commenter on a CNBC article discussing this new breed of tyranny. “If taxes can be used to compel the individual to obey government dictums, by expropriating their private property, then the power to tax is all-powerful, and all other rights promised by the Constitution are meaningless.”