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Though the law is projected to raise more than $800 billion in taxes, fees and penalties over a decade, 40% comes from about 3.5 million households with adjusted gross incomes above $200,000. Employers, insurers and health care providers are slated to...

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Kelly Rogers (303)
Monday July 16, 2012, 11:16 pm
Thanx, Carrie
The only trouble with articles like this one is it preaches to the choir. Rethugicons do not believe in the facts.

DORIS L (61)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 8:35 am
I have no problem with the new health care law.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 8:40 am
Neither do I Doris.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 9:39 am
Noted , thanks !

Carolyn S (151)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 9:59 am
TY Carrie

. (0)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 10:02 am
When it is fully enacted, we will see what actually happens.

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 10:12 am
I really feel sorry for all those people making over 250K......NOT.

I am GLAD the AHCA is here because now maybe I can get the health care I need that was not afforded to me without the AHCA because of numerous PRE-EXISTING conditions. So yes, I am very happy it got upheld by the Supremes.

Suzanne L (99)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 10:32 am
Noted Carrie. Thanks for posting. I am delighted that my friends to the south are looking like they will get a national health care plan. It's a little different than what we have in Canada but in the end both plans amount to the same. It will help the majority of citizens who are not in the 1% get the preventative and ongoing care that we all need.

Dotti L (85)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 11:57 am
Having trouble this morning when I click onto Visit Site. Keep on getting pop-up things. Just to say I am 100 percent for the AHCA.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 12:07 pm

WASHINGTON – President Obama's health care law is constitutional as a tax — but only a small percentage of Americans will pay more, a USA TODAY analysis of federal data shows.

By Luke Sharrett, AP
President Obama discusses the health care law on June 28 following the announcement that the Supreme Court had upheld the legislation.
By Luke Sharrett, AP

President Obama discusses the health care law on June 28 following the announcement that the Supreme Court had upheld the legislation.
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Though the law is projected to raise more than $800 billion in taxes, fees and penalties over a decade, 40% comes from about 3.5 million households with adjusted gross incomes above $200,000. Employers, insurers and health care providers are slated to fork over much of the rest.
That leaves only a few taxes that will fall partially on middle-income taxpayers:
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•About 7 million people could pay more because the law makes it more difficult to deduct medical expenses. People with lower incomes are less likely to itemize deductions.
•About 4 million workers could pay more because of a new $2,500 limit on flexible spending accounts, which can be used to shield medical expenses from taxation.
•The tax that rendered the law constitutional, to be assessed on those who fail to buy mandated health insurance, could hit about 4 million people across all income brackets.
Several small taxes, such as one on indoor tanning salons, also could reach average taxpayers. Still, fewer than 10% of the nation's 140 million tax filers are likely to pay more.
The law's impact on middle-income taxpayers "is on average going to be relatively small," says Donald Marron, director of the non-partisan Tax Policy Center. "The bulk of the taxes are aimed at corporations and high-income folks."
Taxes for health care law

•Tax on high-cost health insurance plans paid by health insurance companies.
•Annual fee on health insurance providers paid by health insurance companies.
•Increased Medicare tax paid by individuals making more than $200,000 a year or couples making more than $250,000 a year.
•Limited deductions for health expenses paid by individuals claiming $7,500 or more in health expenses.
•10% tax on tanning salon visits paid by people who use tanning salons.
•2.3% tax on medical devices that cost more than $100 paid by manufacturers and importers of medical devices.
•Higher tax on home sales for individuals who make more than $250,000 and couples who make more than $500,000 in profit on the sale of their homes.
Source: Joint Committee on Taxation
Republicans insist much of the tax burden will get passed along to middle-income taxpayers. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, notes one in 10 of those taxed for failing to buy health insurance will be below the federal poverty level.
"Twelve of the 21 taxes in the Democrats' health care law will hit middle-class families," says House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich. "That's a double-hit on both families and job creators already struggling with the high cost of health care."
On the other hand, about 18 million people will get tax credits if they buy health insurance plans through new federal or state exchanges.
"The Affordable Care Act is the largest health care tax cut in history," says Jason Furman, deputy director of the White House National Economic Council. "It will provide a significant net tax cut for middle-class families and the millions of Americans who will seek affordable insurance in the years ahead.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 2:14 pm
its better than what we had!!!

Joe R (190)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 2:49 pm
We've got to start somewhere. This is a good beginning. I hope we will one day get to care.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 1:36 pm
So many do not check the facts, allowing the lies the Repugs tell to swarm. Only those who are MORE than able to pay for health care but refuse to will face a fine that will be insignificant to them, a mere $1K. This is based on an 8% calculation of their adj income. We all have the right to find CARE when we NEED IT!!!!! No one is "more Equal" than any other, although, Repugs are certainly turning US into ANIMAL FARM.

paul m (93)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 1:46 pm


mar l ene dinkins (264)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 2:15 pm
i htink is ok, better then nathing!!!!

paul m (93)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 2:55 pm

Votes are when....????

Arielle S (313)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 10:36 am
The part I have the most trouble with, John, is that last part about not applying to congress. Jeez o pete, what makes them so darn special? With kudos to Kit, here is an answer to it all:
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply
equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ."

Robert O (12)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 12:36 pm
It's a start and hopefully one that will prove successful. The only people that really seem to have a problem with it are the anti-Obama, anti-democrat, anti-99% elitists that in all honesty, will look for any reason to bash Obama no matter what. Thanks Carrie.

Mike m (9)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 12:39 pm
Arielle...what makes them so darn special? That's easy, they have the power and privilege, and we are the ones who give it to them. Bad us.

M B (62)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 2:35 pm
Please forward this to 3 of your friends right now and encourage them to add their name at

Lets see what they make out of health care...

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 4:22 pm
Ugh, what's this I stepped in? A cow pie?!?! Must be Obama 'healthcare' territory! Ban PPACA!

Billie C (2)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 8:29 pm
not just congress gets a pass obama's big supporters like unions get the same pass. if it's so wonderful why isn't everybody required to get it? this is a give all to insurance companies, unions and congress. the people get a few small crumbs and are told it's wonderful. repeal obamacare and give us single payer (medicare for all). insurance companies can still sell supplemental coverage and everybody gets covered. that means everybody not let people bow out because they kiss obama's butt.

Billie C (2)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 8:31 pm
also the biggest chunk of money to pay for obamacare 60% comes from the middle and lower classes. only 40% from the top. gee that sounds so wonderful and cheap for that can't afford to eat.

Wayne W (12)
Friday July 20, 2012, 10:26 pm
John, please just stop. You pass along a mendacious email from years ago and pretend that it hasn't been discredited and disproven a 1000 times. Just stop.

For instance:

Claim: Page 272: Cancer patients: welcome to the wonderful world of rationing!

False. This page merely calls for a study of whether a certain class of hospitals incur higher costs than some others for the cancer care they deliver. It also says the secretary of HHS “shall provide for an appropriate adjustment” in payments “to reflect those higher costs.” It’s hardly “rationing” to pay hospitals more to compensate for higher costs.

Twenty-six Lies About H.R. 3200
A notorious analysis of the House health care bill contains 48 claims. Twenty-six of them are false and the rest mostly misleading. Only four are true.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 12:40 pm
Thank you Wayne. I sent you a star!
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