CBO: Shelley Berkley’s Healthcare Tax Will Hit Millions Of Middle-Class Families With A Massive Tax Hike
WASHINGTON — Over two years ago, embattled U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley supported President Obama’s $1.76 trillion healthcare bill which forced every Nevadan to purchase health insurance and yesterday the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released a report on how devastating this tax is for middle-class families.
According to the report, nearly 6 million Americans – most of whom are middle class individuals – will be forced to pay the ObamaCare tax penalty for not purchasing healthcare. Additionally, this tax is expected to cost each individual approximately $1,200.
As the Associated Press reports:
“Nearly 6 million Americans – most of them in the middle class – will face a tax penalty for not carrying medical coverage once President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law is fully in place, congressional budget analysts said Wednesday. … And the budget office analysis found that nearly 80 percent of those who’ll face the penalty would be making up to or less than five times the federal poverty level. Currently that would work out to $55,850 or less for an individual and $115,250 or less for a family of four.” (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Tax Penalty To Hit Nearly 6M Uninsured People, Associated Press, 9/19/12)
Notably, the Wall Street Journal reported that ObamaCare was the largest tax increase ever on the middle class.
“This non-partisan report makes clear that when Congresswoman Berkley helped ram ObamaCare into law, she voted to impose a massive tax hike on the backs of Nevada families and small businesses,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “This just further reiterates that Berkley’s record of higher taxes and more government debt is wrong for Nevada.”
CBO: ObamaCare Tax Hits Middle Class
New CBO Data Shows That 80 Percent Of Those Paying ObamaCare’s Mandate Tax Will Be Families Earning Less Than $123K
- “Congressional budget analysts are now estimating that nearly 6 million Americans — most of them in the middle class — will have to pay a tax penalty for not getting health insurance once President Barack Obama’s health care law is fully in place. That’s 2 million more than a previous estimate found…” (“Tax Penalty To Hit Nearly 6M Uninsured People,” AP, 9/19/12)
- “The average penalty will be nearly $1,200.” (“Tax Penalty To Hit Nearly 6M Uninsured People,” AP, 9/19/12)
- Four out of five who will pay penalty have an adjusted gross income of less than $123,000. (“Payments Of Penalties For Being Uninsured Under The Affordable Care Act,” CBO, P.2, 9/12)
Household Income Down: ‘Middle Class Lost Ground Again Last Year’
The Washington Post: “The middle class lost ground again last year, falling to an all-time low in their share of how much income they take in, new census data released Wednesday showed.” (“Census: Middle Class Shrinks To An All-Time Low,” The Washington Post, 9/12/12)
U.S. Census Bureau: “Real median household income in the United States in 2011 was $50,054, a 1.5 percent decline from the 2010 median and the second consecutive annual drop.” (“Income, Poverty And Health Insurance Coverage In The United States: 2011 Press Release” U.S. Census Bureau, 9/12/12)
- Household income down $777. “2010 Median income, All households: $50,831 … 2011 Median income, All households: $50,054.” (“Income, Poverty And Health Insurance Coverage In The United States: 2011 Press Release” U.S. Census Bureau, P.6, 9/12/12)
- “In 2011, real median household income was 8.1 percent lower than in 2007, the year before the most recent recession…” (“Income, Poverty And Health Insurance Coverage In The United States: 2011 Press Release” U.S. Census Bureau, 9/12/12)
- “Real median earnings of both men and women who worked full time, year-round declined by 2.5 percent between 2010 and 2011.” (“Income, Poverty And Health Insurance Coverage In The United States: 2011 Press Release” U.S. Census Bureau, 9/12/12)