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It’s Not an Obamacare Tax: It’s an “Individual Shared Responsibility Payment”
Townhall.com ^ | March 9, 2014 | Michael Schaus

Posted on 03/09/2014 7:06:43 AM PDT by Kaslin

Here’s your Orwellian Phrase for the Week: Individual shared responsibility payment. Yeah… Go ahead and try to wrap your brain around that amalgamation of contradictory concepts. The phrase is not gleamed from some glossy DNC spin-office, or a Harvard professor’s latest psychobabble posing as an academic paper. Apparently the phrase is the IRS’s fancy (new) term for the Obamacare Mandate tax that individuals will have to pay if they fail to get health insurance this year.

As reported by Americans for Tax Reform:

If you (or any of your dependents) do not maintain coverage and do not qualify for an exemption, you will need to make an individual shared responsibility payment with your return.

So… What exactly is this individual shared responsibility payment? Is it a claim by the Internal Revenue Service to a dollar amount, or portion of an individual’s income, that must be paid upon failing to comply with various tax-related requirements?... Because that sounds an awful lot like a “tax”. (But, I guess you can only call it a tax if you are a government lawyer defending Obamacare in Federal Court.)

The full context of the IRS’s stab at newspeak is as follows:

If you (or any of your dependents) do not maintain coverage and do not qualify for an exemption, you will need to make an individual shared responsibility payment with your return. In general, the payment amount is either a percentage of your household income or a flat dollar amount, whichever is greater. You will owe 1/12th of the annual payment for each month you (or your dependents) do not have coverage and are not exempt. The annual payment amount for 2014 is the greater of:

1) One percent of your household income that is above the tax return filing threshold for your filing status, such as Married Filing Jointly or single, or

2) Your family’s flat dollar amount, which is $95 per adult and $47.50 per child, limited to a maximum of $285.

Well, at least one thing never changes: Taxes remain unnecessarily complicated. But I get the general idea: If you don’t obtain health insurance, you will be slapped with this tax individual shared responsibility payment. And within a few short years, that tax individual shared responsibility payment will increase to 2.5 percent of Adjusted Gross Income or $2,085 annually – whichever is greater.

Of course this opens up a world of possibilities for those IRS Public Relation gurus who write our tax forms (sarcasm font)… Gas taxes are actually “shared energy consumption payments”. Income taxes are really just “American resident prosperity payments”. Heck, even corporate taxes could be redefined as “involuntary shared commercial capital donations”.

Besides, I guess it would be bad PR for Democrats, if millions of uninsured Americans suddenly saw an Obamacare “tax” on their 1040ez.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; obamacarepenalty; obamacaretax; obamacaretaxes

1 posted on 03/09/2014 7:06:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

This should be worth taking back to the USSC....NOW that it’s NOT a tax! I should think they would have something to say when terms get changed AFTER the government got the decision they wanted. But that would be in our dreams - not in the real world.


2 posted on 03/09/2014 7:10:22 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Kaslin

Talked with a young guy of 29 the other day about ObamaCare. He said the only reason it was failing is because too many people weren’t participating in it.

Of course he’s covered at work. I told him he would feel very differently when the mandate finally hit his policy. He still didn’t get it.


3 posted on 03/09/2014 7:15:03 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Thank You Rush

Hey - Lois Lerner is available for a new job assignment and she could be just the right person to lead this new effort?!! /sarc


4 posted on 03/09/2014 7:15:54 AM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: Kaslin

“George Orwell” taught us that dictators and tyrants try to change the language to hide what they’re doing to us. For instance, “giving the sheep the shaft” becomes “providing the Champion Contributors a lubricant- free upper rectal massage”. (Result is the same but the sheep seem to enjoy it this way — they even ask for more like they did in 2012)


5 posted on 03/09/2014 7:18:09 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (")
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To: Kaslin
But, I guess you can only call it a tax if you are a government lawyer defending Obamacare in Federal Court.)

or the chief justice
6 posted on 03/09/2014 7:22:09 AM PDT by sasquatch
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To: Thank You Rush
This should be worth taking back to the USSC....NOW that it’s NOT a tax!

And that would probably do the trick, if John Roberts weren't still boofing little boys.

7 posted on 03/09/2014 7:24:19 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Thank You Rush
"If you (or any of your dependents) do not maintain coverage and do not qualify for an exemption, you will need to make an individual shared responsibility payment with your return."

This Orwellian phrase is also a LIE to the rest of us who actually pay for insurance. It's suppose to tell us the 'dependent ones' who prop up democrats are 'sharing responsibility' rather than being slugs. This phrase is a lie on so many levels...

8 posted on 03/09/2014 7:37:27 AM PDT by GOPJ (“Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: Kaslin
Great news. It's not a tax, so now it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
Thank you so very much, Judge Johnny.

9 posted on 03/09/2014 7:40:47 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: Kaslin

To me, the thing that leaps out from this Orwellian notification is that there is no “or else” clause. There is no mention at all as to what happens if someone refuses to pay. No mention of penalties. No mention of civil or criminal lawsuits. No mention of garnishment of property. And that because the obamacare law explicitly prohibits any of those, and the authors of obamacare constructed this penalty as a fine, not a tax.


10 posted on 03/09/2014 7:51:34 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: headstamp 2

I bet I am correct when I say he voted for that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave not only once, but twice.


11 posted on 03/09/2014 8:09:20 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

If ‘children’ up to 26 CAN be in their parents’ plans, does that mean if they chose to not be, and to not purchase a policy, the parents can be forced to pay the FINE for them not being covered?

This is shaping up to be a worse mess than even I anticipated. God help the citizens of this great country.


12 posted on 03/09/2014 8:16:32 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: Kaslin

I’m a serf. That’s what every single person who pays taxes to support people who do not.

In Imperial Russia, the serfs worked to pay taxes.

I am a serf, lower than a peasant.


13 posted on 03/09/2014 8:48:51 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Kaslin

It can’t be both. The current USSC ruling is that it is a tax and so that one small part of the bill is constitutional as a tax. The tax ruling does not validate the rest of it as constitutional. If it is not a tax then the forced contribution is unconstitutional.

Shove it up their asses you nadless “representatives”.


14 posted on 03/09/2014 8:51:31 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Kaslin
uuuhhhhh.....I'm not responsible for people who eat themselves to manatee-like appearance, have as their only exercise pushing a remote button and abuse drugs/alcohol/other things that destroy their bodies. People who don't self-heal as much and possible and think pharmaceuticals are a good idea instead should not get my help paying their bill. I'm supposed to subsidize the salary of those who give those nosey "medical" interviews to people dumb enough to answer those questions?

The more Obama's administration says, the further they sink.

15 posted on 03/09/2014 9:01:09 AM PDT by grania
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To: Kaslin

Sounds effin communist to me


16 posted on 03/09/2014 9:05:45 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Vacation All I ever wanted , Vacation Had to get away)
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To: Kaslin

Obamacare “tax” on their 1040ez.
You can count on it Obamacare can’t make a dime no matter how many systems they rape.


17 posted on 03/09/2014 9:33:06 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: headstamp 2

- Now I’ll have to change my favorite ID…

- From Whitey Bulger to Blackie Folger- or maybe Barney Soetero.


18 posted on 03/09/2014 10:14:24 AM PDT by devolve (- Tell Vladimir after my erection I have more FLEXIBILITY -- I need more SPACE - BHO Jr -)
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To: OpusatFR

“I’m a serf. That’s what every single person who pays taxes to support people who do not.”

Sorry! We pretended to free only the BLACK slaves.


19 posted on 03/09/2014 10:43:59 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Kaslin

Not really. It’s a tax because justice Roberts specifically agreed the whole concept was Constitutional because the “contribution” was actually tax, exactly as the Solicitor General argued.


20 posted on 03/09/2014 11:14:05 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Kaslin

I have a friend who told me that for a dependent child, there will be a need to ‘pay the penalty’ for 0bamacare in the taxes for the year.

Makes you a tad agitated.


21 posted on 03/09/2014 4:54:49 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: SusaninOhio

Exactly.


22 posted on 03/09/2014 4:56:49 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: All
Obama/Care's "Individual shared responsibility payment"....

Mmmmmmm......sounds like something Madoff said when he was screwing his investors.

Not to underestimate O/Care's unforgettable "we're going to aggregate the numbers" comment (WRT employers forced to downsize to escape onerous O/Care mandates).

O/Care "aggregating the numbers".....that gem is straight out of the Madoff Ponzi Playbook.

23 posted on 03/10/2014 4:46:11 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Kaslin
“Individual Shared Responsibility Payment”

Whomever thought THIS up must have been VERY successful at pickin' up chicks; back in the day!

24 posted on 03/10/2014 4:49:37 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Liz

Yeah!

What you said!


25 posted on 03/10/2014 4:50:23 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

nah-—your comment about scoring was better.


26 posted on 03/10/2014 4:52:53 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

My success rate (IIRC) could have been described...

“Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.”


27 posted on 03/10/2014 5:11:05 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

ROTFLOL-—good one.


28 posted on 03/10/2014 5:12:22 AM PDT by Liz
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