Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fact Check -- Gary Johnson on Obamacare

Gary Johnson's latest video attacking Obamacare is here:
Johnson claims that Obamacare will hire 16,000 IRS agents to enforce his bill, but not one doctor. But this repeats a claim on right-wing talk radio that is not true. *** The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the IRS would need $5 to $10 billion over ten years for administrative costs. This money is not for enforcement and hiring agents to break down peoples' doors like Johnson's ad implies, but for giving subsidies for qualifying small businesses and individuals money to buy health insurance. *** As this article by Ezra Klein notes, the 16,000 is just an extrapolation from the CBO figures. *** It is true that people who do not get health insurance starting in 2014 will be subject to a tax. But IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified before Congress under oath that the IRS will not be auditing individuals to make sure that they have gotten insurance. *** Also, on page 131, the Affordable Healthcare Act specifically prohibits the IRS from using liens and levies that they typically use to collect money owed by delinquent taxpayers. There will be no criminal prosecutions of persons who do not pay. *** As for proof, when you get or have health insurance, the entity providing the insurance will file a report with the IRS proving that you have health insurance under this act (Page 132). *** We have a copy of the Affordable Healthcare Act downloaded and the Sheridan Express will email copies of the bill free on request. Send requests to express@grm.net. It is 906 PDF pages long. *** If you have any questions about the act itself, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will try and get answers.

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