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Obamacare penalty snags over 8 million taxpayers, who pay over $1.7 billion


This news story was published on September 28, 2016.
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tax-return-prepWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Affordable Care Act penalty ensnared over 8 million taxpayers in 2014, who paid over $1.7 billion because they couldn’t prove they were insured.

New data released by the IRS shows the Health Care Individual Responsibility Payment under the Affordable Care Act (sometimes referred to as “Obamacare”) indebted 8,061,064 taxpayers for $1,694,088,000 in penalties in 2014. This was the first year that these penalties took effect under the President’s health care law, which was approved by Congress.

According to the IRS data, beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act required that individuals must have had health care coverage, qualified for a health coverage exemption, or made a shared responsibility payment with a tax return. Over 13.3 million taxpayers filed a Form 8965, Health Coverage Exemptions to claim a coverage exemption. A health care individual responsibility payment was made on 8.1 million returns for $1.7 billion, an average of $210 per tax return paying this penalty. (Other ACA tax provisions, like the credit for small employer health insurance premiums and the additional Medicare tax, took effect in earlier years.

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15 Responses to Obamacare penalty snags over 8 million taxpayers, who pay over $1.7 billion

  1. whatever Reply Report comment

    September 29, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    This is a good thing people that do not pay for health care are still required to be seen at hospitals and many of them never pay the bill so its added on to the rest of us. If you don’t want to pay for health care then providers should not be required to take care of you when you are sick.

  2. Carly Reply Report comment

    September 29, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Check the premium and deductibles for car insurance. I don’t think it is as high as health care premiums. And can’t we just carry liability if we want.? You don’t have choice with health insurance.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      You do have a choice with health insurance. You can roll the dice with high deductible low cost insurance and hope you don’t get run into by someone without insurance…. or you can pay for the good stuff and have to pay more money. Are auto and health insurance premiums the same amount? No. But it is an accurate analogy. You legally have to have insurance on your car. No one checks in this state when you license or renew (but they should). You now have to legally have health insurance and it is checked every April.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 29, 2016 at 11:18 am

    It was never intended to help anyone -the only reason it passed because it was called a tax – look it up. Thieves and liars are known to be Demorats/NWO/Globelists/UN – anti American SCUM !

  4. mint Reply Report comment

    September 29, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Rockefeller medicine synthetic petroleum derived pharmaceuticals replaced “holistic healers” in the late 1800’s, it is the sorcerers plan for “depopulation” also to keep people sick and poor, poor people are easier for the sorcerers to control, video “Rockefeller, the Chemical Industry and the FDA – NaturalNews TV”, https://youtu.be/IZcUd3V8L30.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 28, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Ya,I made a choice to not buy insurance,because I stay pretty healthy and don’t go to dr. for every little things.I make about 25,000 and the last 2 years I’ve pd 475.001st year,2nd yr 780.00 this year who knows.Paid almost 1,200 for nothing.That would of been 2mths of my house payments.I’ve always pd my way,but that really needs to be changed ,the penalty at least.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 29, 2016 at 2:36 am

      I agree on the penalty, that needs to be changed. And Im tired of the people that wont get jobs and live off the welfare system. And theres alot of people on medicaid.That also drives up the medical costs. I too have always made my own way. And more people need to make their own way also..

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 29, 2016 at 4:14 am

      Do you pay for insurance on your car even though you don’t have any/many accidents?

      • Peter L Reply Report comment

        September 29, 2016 at 7:19 am

        Good point. And this person is probably just an ornery Obama hater. Had they just purchased insurance they wouldn’t be bitching about it now. Status quo society is a slow moving band of idiots steeped in 1950’s “traditions”. Wake these dumb ass racists up.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Voting for that dike Hillary will only ensure it gets worse. The country needs change. Sadly that is now in the form of the Donald.

  7. Peter L Reply Report comment

    September 28, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Part of why the medical system is so expensive is largely due to medical incompetence. When medical teams are incompetent, they order more tests and scans…which of course cost insurance companies tens of thousands of dollars. It’s a vicious cycle of corruption and incompetence where doctors and hospitals benefit more than the patient does. The industry needs to be federally regulated not to thwart patients from receiving the proper scans, tests and care, but to make sure physicians aren’t gouging insurance companies, medicare and medicaid while providing very little to no help for their patients. It’s the doctors stupid…not the insurance companies who are to blame for this medical debacle.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 28, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    29 million to go barry, maybe you can sic your border patrol agents on them since you don’t have them doing enforcement.

  9. Carly Reply Report comment

    September 28, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    This is exactly what they planned all along and it will only get worse. Keep in mind that some of those “Freeloaders” are working families who may not be able to pay the premiums. For some it is more than they could pay as a house or car payment. It won’t stop unless the whole law gets repealed. Remember what Nancy pelosi said ” we have to pass the bill to find out what is in it.” Selling a house?? Check what you have to pay as a tax toward health care.

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 28, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Great. Glad the freeloaders are being made to pay for their health care, if they don’t the rest of us will continue to support them.

  11. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 28, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Try harder obummer, that’s a days spending against your national debt. Something about affordable in your health care plan doesn’t quite fit. I’m sure it will go to good use somewhere to those who are already soaking up the system. How much section 8 housing could we build with that.