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By Joel Himelfarb. Americans face mounting Obamacare-mandated penalties if they cannot prove to the Internal Revenue Service’s satisfaction that they had health insurance during the previous year, Fox News reports.
The law mandates a tax penalty of $95 per person or 1 percent of household income, whichever is more, for those who went without insurance during 2014. It increases to $325 for 2015 or 2 percent of income, whichever is higher. By 2016, the average penalty is expected to be about $1,100.
Government figures indicate that tens of millions of Americans remain uninsured. But it is unclear how aggressive the IRS will be in attempting to collect from those Americans deemed to be scofflaws.
The law currently lists about 30 different exemptions, most of them related to financial hardship. (Read more from this story HERE)
Then-Senator Obama Smokes a Cigarette During First Meeting With Gruber on Obamacare
By Patrick Howley. Then-Senator Barack Obama took a cigarette break during his first “educational” meeting with Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber on health care reform.
The Daily Caller extensively reported on Obama’s 2009 Oval Office meeting with Gruber to design the Obamacare bill. Obama famously called Gruber, who called the American people “stupid,” just “some adviser who was never on our staff.” But their relationship pre-dated that meeting by several years
As Gruber faces a call-back from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the new year, and continues to withhold documents about his work for Obama, records show that Gruber served as Obama’s early health care mentor in a 2006 meeting in Obama’s Senate office. Gruber, who was linked to the Ted Kennedy-led health reform push in Massachusetts, got Obama up to speed before the Illinois senator ran for president. (Read more about the impending Obamacare train wreck HERE)
Gruber Said Obamacare Would not be Affordable in 2009
President Obama’s health care adviser Jonathan Gruber said that the Affordable Care Act would definitely not be affordable while he was writing the bill with the White House.
As Gruber continues to withhold documents while he awaits a call-back for more testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the new year, more shocking information is coming to light detailing the deceptions that went into the writing of the health-care law.
Gruber said that Obamacare had no cost controls in it and would not be affordable in an October 2009 policy brief, presented here exclusively by TheDC. At the time, Gruber had already personally counseled Obama in the Oval Office and served on Obama’s presidential transition team. Obama, meanwhile, told the American people that their premiums would go down dramatically. (Read more from this story HERE)