Health care fight moves to campaign trail
The campaign committee for House Democrats launched automated and live phone calls today in 10 districts taking aim at Republicans who have received campaign contributions from insurance companies.
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#2 Jul 2, 2012
The campaign trail... That is where Obama rules. The supreme court just gave Obama a second term.
#3 Jul 2, 2012
The majority of Republicans receive contributions from insurance companies to bribe them for writing special interests policies for them.
#4 Jul 2, 2012
Hooray for Romneycare and the Republican-inspired mandate.
#6 Jul 2, 2012
Let the government do what the Preamble to the Constitution mandates: "promote the general Welfare."
Notice the term "welfare"?
Since: Nov 08
#7 Jul 2, 2012
hahahahaha before the biggest tax increase in history (ObamaCare) 68% of the people wanted it repealed, do you think that number has gone down now that it is a tax that affects everyone.
Since: Nov 08
#8 Jul 2, 2012
(c) Even if the mandate may reasonably be characterized as a tax, it must still comply with the Direct Tax Clause, which provides:”No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken.” Art. I,§9, cl. 4. A tax on going without health insurance is not like a capitation or other direct tax under this Court’s precedents. It therefore need not be apportioned so that each State pays in proportion to its population.
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS delivered the opinion of the Court with respect to Part III-C, concluding that the individual mandate may be upheld as within Congress’s power under the Taxing Clause. Pp. 33-44.
“My Commander-in-Chi ef!”
Since: Jun 07
Obama got Osama!
#9 Jul 2, 2012
There is nothing Americans love more than a winner… President Obama won big last Thursday when he showed America that he wasn’t a Constitutional Law professor at Harvard for nothing – as the Supreme Court ruled his signature piece of legislation Constitutional: WINNER…
Couple that with the fact that get got the law passed in the first place – placing him as the only President who was able to after so many before him tried to, but failed: WINNER…
And that after the previous president (Bush) had the worst terrorist attack on American soil in this nation’s history happen on his watch as the leader of Al Qaeda laughed at us out in the open living free – this President comes in and not only protect this nation from a single terrorist attack happening on his watch, but changes all the failed policies, strategies and tactics that Bush was using – and that change single-handedly brought about the finding and killing of Osama bin Laden: WINNER…
Thank God patriotic Americans who actually love this country went out and voted for Barack Obama in 2008. God Bless America!
“or Fox News”
Since: Jan 08
#10 Jul 2, 2012
This claim is wrong.
While the health care law certainly is, on the whole, a tax increase, it’s not the largest in American history -- and as such -- cannot be the largest in the history of the world.(Luckily, there's enough U.S.-based research that we don't have to explore the tax increases of the Roman Empire, adjusted for inflation.)
We addressed this more than a year ago. But here’s a refresher.
Major tax provisions
The federal Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan committee of Congress with a professional staff of economists, attorneys and accountants, provided members a detailed breakdown of the tax impact of the health care law from 2010-2019.
• Starting in 2013, Medicare payroll taxes increase 0.9 percentage points for people with incomes over $200,000 ($250,000 for couples filing jointly). Also, people at this income level would pay a new 3.8 percent tax on investment income. The 10-year cost:$210.2 billion.
• Starting in 2018, a new 40 percent excise tax on high-cost health plans, so-called "Cadillac plans" (over $10,200 for individuals,$27,500 for families), kicks in. That's expected to bring the government a total of $32 billion in 2018 and 2019.
• Starting in 2011, there's a new fee for pharmaceutical manufacturers and importers. That's expected to raise $27 billion over 10 years.
• Starting in 2013, a 2.3 percent excise tax on manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices starts. The 10-year total:$20 billion.
• Starting in 2014, a new annual fee on health insurance providers begins. Total estimated 10-year revenue:$60.1 billion.
• Starting in 2013, the floor on medical expense deductions on itemized income tax returns will be raised from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of income. That's expected to bring in $15.2 billion over the next 10 years.
• Starting in 2011, a 10 percent excise tax on indoor tanning services. That's expected to bring in $2.7 billion over the next 10 years.
There also is money in the law going the other way. The plan includes government money, in the form of tax credits, to subsidize the cost of health insurance for lower-income people who don't get insurance through their employer. For the record, many Republicans and tax experts argue those shouldn't count as tax cuts. And there is a tax cut for some very small businesses that allows them to write off a portion of the cost of providing insurance to their employees.
Combined with various other revenue-generating provisions, the Joint Committee on Taxation estimates the health law will bring in more than $437.8 billion by 2019. The government's nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the additional revenues coming in to the government to be $525 billion between now and 2019.
Does that translate to the biggest tax increase in American history?
“i hope we can change this!”
Since: Aug 08
#11 Jul 2, 2012
!diots on parade.
#12 Jul 2, 2012
The only citizens who think 22 new TAXES in the ACA Bill is a good thing when unemployment is still at 8.2% are MORONS or Unionistas who are exempt and get to keep their Cadillac plans.
Way to go Obama. You really stuck to the struggling American middle class! How self loathing would they have to be to reward YOU with re-election?
#13 Jul 2, 2012
The Mormon ex-governor of Massachusetts, Rich Money, agrees the the mandate is not a tax. The founding father of the individual mandate and leader of the GOP has spoken. That is all. The RINOs here really need to fall in line with the rest of the party.
Since: Dec 07
#14 Jul 2, 2012
You forgot two things, loser.
1. Fort Hood Massacre
2. Obama uses every policy designe by Bush after 9/11.
including the intelligence used to find bin laden. It's really laughable how you keep up with this pathetic story.
Since: Dec 07
#15 Jul 2, 2012
They basically have said Congress has no limit to its taxing power,”“This is the largest tax increase on the poor and the middle class in the history of this country ... it was sold to the American people as a mandate and not a tax.”
No. 1. The Individual Mandate Excise Tax. Starting in 2014, anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance must pay an income tax surtax. It goes up each year until 2016 and beyond when a couple would pay a tax of the higher of $1,360 or 2.5% of adjusted gross income.
No. 2. The Over-The-Counter Drugs Trap. Since Jan. 1, 2011, employees with health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts or health reimbursement accounts have no longer been able to use pre-tax funds stashed in these accounts to buy over-the-counter medicines for allergy relief and the like without a doctor’s prescription (there’s an exception for insulin).
No. 3. The Healthcare Flexible Spending Account Cap. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, employees will face a $2,500 cap on the amount of pre-tax salary deferrals they can make into a healthcare flexible spending account. There is no cap under current law. In light of the new cap, employee benefits groups are lobbying for Congress to modify the use-it-or-lose-it rule that means employees forfeit unused funds in their accounts at the end of the plan year.
No. 4. The Medical Itemized Deduction Hurdle. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, taxpayers who face high medical expenses will only be allowed a deduction for expenses to the extent they exceed 10% of adjusted gross income, up from 7.5% now. Taxpayers 65 and older can still use the old 7.5% threshold through 2016. For how to score the medical expense deduction before 2013, click here.
No. 5. The Health Savings Account Withdrawal Penalty. Since Jan. 1, 2011, taxpayers who withdraw money from health savings accounts for non-medical expenses before age 65 face a 20% penalty, up from 10% before.
No. 6. The Indoor Tanning Services Tax. Since July 1, 2010, folks using indoor tanning salons face a new 10% excise tax. This one hasn’t been bringing in as much revenue as anticipated.
No. 7. The Cadillac Health Insurance Plan Tax. Starting in 2018, there will be a new 40% excise tax on taxpayers who are covered by high-cost health insurance plans (with premiums at or above $10,200 for a single or $27,500 for a family). Insurers or employers who are self-insured will pay the tax, but it is expected to trickle down to mean higher costs for consumers.
In other words, we were flat lied to by this administration.
Since: Nov 08
#16 Jul 2, 2012
Winners aren't beggers.........
4 EMAILS IN A DAY? Obama begs donors for more as Romney rakes it in... waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa where's my unions that I refused to go help in Wisconson..........waaaaaaaaaa aa.
Since: Nov 08
#17 Jul 2, 2012
My my my how we twist and turn. Show me where I said world, although it probably is......in dollars stolen from the people.
Since: Nov 08
#18 Jul 2, 2012
It doesn't matter the SCOTUS said it was. So it is unconstitutional or its a tax. You don't hear liberals out touting and spiking the football do you. This scares them chitless.
Since: Nov 08
#19 Jul 2, 2012
As the economy sinks lower the goofy democrats celebrate something that can never work anyway.
Since: Nov 09
#20 Jul 2, 2012
If Obamacare is such a fair and equitable Bill WHY are Union members and Politicians EXEMPT? everyone has to pay their fair share...Unless you're a friend of a politician or have good lobbyists.
list of exemptions as of the 28th of June
24 Hour Fitness
Allied Building Inspectors IUOE Local 211 Welfare Fund
Alpha Omega Home Health, LLC
Bowman Sheet Metal Heating & Air-conditioning
Bricklayers Insurance & Welfare Fund
Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Ironworkers Local Union No. 60*
Carey Johnson Oil Co, Inc
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany*
Cement Masons' Local No. 502 Welfare Fund
City of Bloomington VEBA Health Savings Plan*
City of Burnsville*
City of Olathe*
Clausen Miller PC
Crystal Run Village, Inc*
Dr. Trailer Repair, Inc.
Employer-Teamsters Local Nos. 175 & 505 Health and Welfare Fund
GC Harvesting, Inc.
Glen Curtis, Inc.#2143
Heritage Christian Services
IBEW Local 3 NYC Electrical Division Health & Welfare Fund
Indiana Area UFCW Union Locals and Retail Food Employers' Health and Welfare Plan
Innovative Driver Services Company
Inter-County Hospitalization Plan, Inc.
Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons
Jefferson Rehabilitation Center
JLG Harvesting, Inc.
Johnson Machine Works
Laborers' District Council of Virginia Health and Welfare Trust Fund
Laborers National Health and Welfare Fund
Local 1245 Health Fund
Local 237 Teamsters Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. Health and Welfare Trust Fund
Local 295 Welfare Fund
Local 381 Group Insurance Fund
Local 805 Welfare Fund
Marble Industry Trust Fund
McGregor Schools ISD #4*
MO-Kan Teamsters and Welfare Fund
Since: Nov 09
#21 Jul 2, 2012
Mounds View Public Schools*
North State Bank
North States Industries Inc*
Pavers and Road Builders District Council Welfare Fund
Phoenix Children's Academy
Roofers Local 8 Insurance & Trust Fund
San Bernardino IHSS Public Authority
SCC Healthcare Group, LLP
Schoharie County ARC*
Sieben Polk Law Firm
Southern Graphic Communication Health Fund
Springbrook Standalone HRA*
St. Lawrence NYSARC*
Sunview Vineyards of California, Inc.
Tandem Eastern Inc./ Consolidated Transport Systems, Inc.
Teamsters Union Local # 35
The Day Care Council/Council of Supervisors and Administrators Welfare Fund
The Public Authority of San Luis Obispo County
The University Financing Foundation, Inc.
The Village of Newark Non-Union Employee Plan*
Theatrical Stage Employees Local One
Tuff Shed, Inc.
U.A. Local 13 & Employers Group Insurance Plan*
UFCW & Participating Food Industry Employers Tri-State Health & Welfare Fund
UFCW Local 1500 Welfare Fund
UFCW Local One Health Care Fund
Ulster Greene ARC*
Westminster-Canterbury of Lynchburg
Wine and Liquor Salesmen of NJ
AIDS Council of Northeastern New York
Avon Central School District
Azeros Health Plans, Inc.*
Bessey Tools, Inc.
Canandaigua City Schools*
City of Eagan*
City of Shakopee Post-Employment Health Care Savings Account Plan *
Community Work and Independence Inc.
Continuing Developmental Services
Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc.
Euromarket Designs, Inc., d/b/a Crate and Barrel
First National Bank of Dietrerich
Franziska Racker Centers*
Fridley Public Schools Health Savings Plan*
FSA/SUNYAB-Campus Dining and Shops
Genesee County ARC*
Genesee County Economic Development Corp Health Reimbursement Account*
Grand Island Central School District*
Hammondsport Central School District
Imperial Wholesale, Inc.
Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York
Minnesota State Retirement System Post-Employment Health Care Savings Plan - City of Roseville*
Naples Central School District
Naples Central School District Support Staff
Newark Central School District
Niagara-Wheatfield CSD Self Funded
Since: Nov 09
#22 Jul 2, 2012
Panama Central School District
People 1st Health Strategies, Inc.
Pipe Fitters' Welfare Fund, Local 597*
Ron Clark Construction Health reimbursement Arrangement*
Sherman Central School District
Silver Creek Central School District*
Sodus Central School District
Town of Albion
Town of Chenango
Town of Lockport
Twin City Die Casting*
Western Area Volunteer Emergency Services *
Williamson Central School District
American Radio Association Plan
Carpenters Health and Security Trust of Western Washington
Communicare Health Benefits Trust
District Council 1707 Local 389 Home Care Employees Health & Welfare Fund
Health and Welfare Plan of the Laundry, Dry Cleaning Workers & Allied Industry Health Fund, Workers United
Northern Illinois and Iowa Laborers Health and Welfare Fund
United Food and Commercial Workers Retail Employees and Employers Health and Welfare Plan
Alfred P. Sloan*
Alizio & Galfunt*
All American Heating and AC*
Allied Pilots Association
Amherst Central School District*
AristaCare at Meadow Springs*
Arthur Sanderson& Sons*
Associated General Contractors of ND Employees*
Autistic Service, Inc.*
Basf Fuel Cell, Inc.*
Battery Park City Authority*
Battery Park City Conservancy*
Benefit Analysis Inc.*
Board of Trustees for the Operating Engineers Local 101 Health and Welfare Fund
Carnegie Corporation of NY*
Carpenters Local No. 491 Health & Welfare Plan
Central Laborers' Welfare Fund
Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Health and Welfare Fund
City of Cottage Grove*
City of Inver Grove Heights*
City Of Roseville MN*
Cloquet Area Fire Department*
Community Bank of Bergen County*
Contract Cleaners Service Employees Benefit Trust
Cornerstone Search Group*
D & D Ag Supply and Construction, Inc.*
Dial Senior Management, Inc
Dr. Margaret Andrin, MD FACOG LLC*
Eighth District Electrical Benefit Fund
Electrical Workers Health and Welfare Fund
Enterprise Concrete Products, LLC Texas
Epilepsy Foundation Northeastern New York*
Excellus Health Plan
Fairport Central School District*
Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana
Gulf Coast Health Care
Handcraft Manufacturing Corporation*
Haver Analytics Health Waiver*
Health Care Employees Dental and Medical Trust
Hiawatha Medical, Inc.*
Highfield Gardens Care Center*
Hotel, Restaurant & Bar Employees Health and Welfare Fund
IBEW Local Union No. 126 Health and Welfare Fund
International Union of Operating Engineers, Supplemental Benefit Fund Local 409*
Interstate Connecting Components*
Jacobson Family Investments*
J-B Wholesale Pet Supplies*
Jump, Scutellaro, and Co., LLP*
KC International dba Ekman Recycling*
Kingstown Capital Management*
Koellman Gear Corporation*
Lakeview Subacute Care Center*
Langan Engineering and Financial Services, Inc.*
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