House Dems to Tax the Uninsured in Health bill, but not give them Insurance
Just how exactly do the Democrats think they can get away with this sort of politically devastating talking points: the House health reform bill will impose an income tax on anyone who does not buy health insurance.
As Keith Hennessey points out:
“if you’re a single person with income of $44,000 or higher, then you’re above 400% of the poverty line. You would not be subsidized, but would face the punitive tax if you didn’t get health insurance. This bill leaves an important gap between the subsidies and the cost of health insurance. CBO says that for about eight million people, that gap is too big to close, and they would get stuck paying higher taxes and still without health insurance.”