Obamacare Surprises For Taxpayers



DALLAS, TX, April 15, 2015 – One of the nation’s leading health care economists says the health reform law has some hidden surprises for people filing their income tax returns today. According to Goodman Institute president John Goodman:

  • As many as 6 million people are facing higher taxes today because they decided the insurance offered to them was not worth the price, even after government subsidies.
  • Another 3.4 million people will pay higher taxes because they failed to accurately predict their income when they obtained their insurance.
  • The tax treatment of Obamacare subsidies is so complicated, even the IRS has trouble getting things right. The agency admits that it sent the wrong forms to 800,000 taxpayers.

The first problem arises because Obamacare is trying to force people to buy the wrong kind of insurance — high deductibles without annual or lifetime limits, instead of less costly insurance for the types of services young, healthy families are likely to need.

The second problem arises because the way the subsidy is delivered is inconsistent with the way low- and moderate-income people manage their family budgets. People who are living paycheck-to-paycheck don’t have a couple of thousand dollars to give back to Uncle Sam, because they didn’t accurately predict their income last year. With a universal tax credit, no one would have needed to guess their income – because the subsidy would have been the same, regardless of income.

The third problem arises because the Obamacare law represents a Rube Goldberg set of compromises, designed to meet the needs of special interests rather than the needs of ordinary people.

About John C. Goodman

Dr. Goodman, an author, health economist, and Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute is considered the “Father of Health Savings Accounts” and serves as president of the Goodman Institute, a think tank that focuses on the areas of health care, taxes and entitlement reform. Goodman served as the founder and president of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) for 31 years, and regularly appears on television and radio news programs, including those on Fox News Channel, CNN, PBS, Fox Business Network and CNBC. His articles appear in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, Forbes, National Review, Health Affairs, Kaiser Health News and other national publications. Twitter: @GoodmanInst

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