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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Media Matters: Fox's Doocy Falsely Claims Health Care Ruling Creates A Tax That's "Going To Hit Everybody"

Pants on Fire

The following should not surprise readers of The Progressive Influence.  The Fox & Friends morning brain trust, followed its producers directions; use the Courts ruling of the constitutionality of tax consequences for refusal to secure health coverage.

If you can take the inane drivel, watch Doocy, Carlson and Kimeade do what they do best: give television news shows a bad name.  Two points..... I stretch my imagination to refer to the show as news show. Second,  I could only watch for a brief momnet or two. You might pay focused attention to the 'very cognitive' Doocy as he sets-up the "Medicare Killer' Paul Ryan, with, " is going to hit everybody isn't it".  

June 29, 2012 11:05 am ET
From the June 29 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

Regardless of Ryan's answer, which I frankly did not watch, it is impossible for the ACA to result in taxes on "Everybody".

The strategy from the Right was clear within hours of the historic SCOTUS Decision. The Court ruled the commerce clause in relation to the ACA's mandate was unconstitutional, but the right to place the penalty for refusal to secure health coverage in the realm of the IRS as a tax was constitutional.    Ah and Alas the Right grab its time proven 'false mantra' of not raising taxes, revive the presidents comments about not increasing taxes on the american [people, and developed their strategy going into the fall elections.

A few excerpts from Media Matters.

Right-Wing Media Respond By Claiming Obama Instituted "Massive" Tax "On All Americans"   

Fox's Todd Starnes: Supreme Court Ruling "Will Force A Massive New Tax On The American People." During the June 28 edition of his "Fox News and Commentary" radio segment, Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes claimed that the Supreme Court ruling "jeopardizes religious liberty" and "will force a massive new tax on the American people." [, 6/28/12 

Rush Limbaugh: "What We Now Have Is The Biggest Tax Increase In The History Of The World." During the June 28 edition of his radio show, Rush Limbaugh said that, with the Supreme Court ruling, "what we now have is the biggest tax increase in the history of the world." [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 6/28/12, via Media Matters]  

Limbaugh: Individual Mandate Is A "Massive, Regressive Tax On All Americans." Limbaugh also said on his radio program that the individual mandate is a "massive, regressive tax on all Americans." [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 6/28/12]  

Jim Hoft: Obama "Now Owns Largest Tax Hike In US History." In a post on his Gateway Pundit blog headlined "FLASHBACK: Barack Obama Promises to Cut Taxes -- Now Owns Largest Tax Hike in US History," Jim Hoft wrote:  
Today the Supreme Court ruled the Obamacare mandate was a tax.  
Barack Obama now owns the largest tax in US history. Obamacare will cost over $1.76 trillion in ten years.  
Take that, 99%ers! [Gateway Pundit, 6/28/12]  

Media Matters: The Facts

In Fact, The Fine Will Only Apply To Small Number Of People Who Don't Buy Insurance 

Urban Institute: Individual Mandate Would Not Affect 94 Percent Of Americans. A March 2012 report by the nonpartisan Urban Institute found that 94 percent of Americans "would not face a requirement to newly purchase insurance or pay a fine." From Urban Institute's report:  
The "individual mandate" -- the requirement that individuals either have health insurance coverage or pay a fine -- is both the best known and the least popular component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That people know about the mandate -- and may even worry about it -- is not surprising, given both the heated political controversy and the constitutional challenge surrounding this provision of the law. What may be surprising, however, is that if the ACA were in effect today, 94 percent of the total population (93 percent of the nonelderly population) or 250.3 million people out of 268.8 million nonelderly people -- would not face a requirement to newly purchase insurance or pay a fine. [Urban Institute, March 2012] 

CBO: 4 Million People Will Face Fine For Not Having Insurance In 2016. From an April 2010 Congressional Budget Office report: 

Of the remaining 7 million to 8 million uninsured, some individuals will be granted exemptions from the penalty because of hardship, and others will be exempted from the mandate on the basis of their religious beliefs. Among the uninsured who do not obtain an exemption, many will vol-untarily report on their tax returns that they are uninsured and pay the amount owed. However, other individuals will try to avoid making payments. Therefore, the estimates presented here account for likely compliance rates, as well as the ability of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to administer and collect the penalty. After accounting for all of those factors, CBO and JCT estimate that about 4 million people will pay a penalty because they will be uninsured in 2016 (a figure that includes uninsured dependents who have the penalty paid on their behalf). [CBO, 4/30/12]

Long story abbreviated.  Fox News managers, producers, and on-air 'dim-wits' know that ACA has a penalty that affects only those who refuse to secure health coverage.  I may be way off base, but I believe that tax will hit as people file their taxes and it will impact a tax return, if one is due to the taxpayer. 

Fox News and the GOP thrive on people who are uninformed, those susceptible to emotional manipulation, or those who simply hate all that is progressive in the nation.  The network thrives on viewers who simply will not accept the extent to which GOP administrations failed the nation.

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