Obama administration officials and other supporters of the “Affordable” “Care” “Act” [scare quotes added -ed.] say they worry that the tax-filing season will generate new anger as uninsured consumers learn that they must pay tax penalties and as many people struggle with complex forms needed to justify tax credits they received in 2014 to pay for health insurance.
The White House has already granted some exemptions and is considering more to avoid a political firestorm.
Mark J. Mazur, the assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy, said up to six million taxpayers would have to “pay a fee this year because they made a choice not to obtain health care coverage that they could have afforded.”
But Christine Speidel, a tax lawyer at Vermont Legal Aid, said: “A lot of people do not feel that health insurance plans in the marketplace were affordable to them, even with subsidies. Some went without coverage and will therefore be subject to penalties.”
Everybody — at least everybody paying attention — now knows what’s in the law. But nearly five years after its passage, nobody knows what the law means, because it changes according to whim & whimsy & administrative convenience. (The Founders would call this tyranny; so would I.) But perhaps the worst part is that the administration hasn’t got a clue how to administer its own law, because they never gave one rat’s patootey about the nuts and bolts of actually governing a nation of 315 million people.
The result is legislative and regulatory chaos.
If you know anyone caught in this web of confusion and crap, please pass along some helpful advice from your Friendly Neighborhood VodkaPundit.
Stash away as much cash as you can, because no matter what the IRS says and does today, at some point they will come after you for everything they think you owe. And given the current state of ♡bamaCare!!!, it’s anybody’s guess as to what that number might be.
The taxman cometh.