Americans for Tax Reform

Top Ten Things Obama Never Told You About Obamacare

Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011, 9:26 AM PERMALINK

1. Did you know that . . . since Jan. 1 of this year (2011), you cannot use your flex-account at work (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) to purchase over-the-counter medicines?

2. Did you know that . . . since July 1 of last year (2010), Americans have been paying a 10 percent excise tax on all indoor tanning services?

3. Did you know that . . . starting in 2018, if your health insurance is “too good” or considered a “Cadillac” plan, then you will incur a new 40 percent tax on your health plan?

4. Did you know that . . . Obamacare has 21 new or higher taxes in it, totaling over $500 billion in increased taxes going to the government over 10 years?

5. Did you know that . . . beginning in 2014, individuals and families that do not purchase “qualifying”  -- as defined by federal bureaucrats -- health insurance will be forced to pay a yearly tax penalty?

6. Did you know that . . . 7 tax hikes in Obamacare directly break President Obama’s “firm pledge” not to raise any form of taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 per year and families making less than $250,000 per year?

7. Did you know that . . . the capital gains tax rate under Obamacare will rise to 23.8 percent starting in 2012? That is a 59 percent increase from its current rate.

8. Did you know that . . . in 2013, those Americans facing the highest medical bills and the least ability to pay for them will find their ability to deduct medical expenses is further limited (medical expenses must be reduced by 10 percent of income under Obamacare, rather than current law’s 7.5 percent)

9. Did you know that . . . beginning in 2014, businesses with over 50 employees will be forced to offer health coverage for everyone, or pay a hefty tax for each employee?

10. Did you know that . . . in 2013, Obamacare caps the amount individuals and families can put in their flexible savings accounts at $2500? Currently there is no cap and these accounts are used for a myriad of health expenses including paying upwards of $14,000 in tuition to special needs schools for some parents?


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Obamacare Uses the Term "Tax" 255 Times

Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011, 9:08 AM PERMALINK

A word search of the 2,409-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) and the 150-page Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872) reveals that the term “tax” is used 255 times, “taxable” is used 208 times, and “excise tax” is used 17 times.

Other terms of interest are as follows:


Healthcare Bill


Number of uses


255 times


208 times

“Excise tax”

17 times


 28 times


 183 times


132 times


208 times


51 times


4,384 times



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Coalition of Economic Groups Demand Spending Cuts

Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, March 21st, 2011, 4:55 PM PERMALINK

Today, Americans for Tax Reform, joined by twenty-eight fiscally conservative groups, released a letter urging lawmakers to defund Planned Parenthood. After years of explosive spending growth, Congress should immediately eliminate funneling wasteful and unnecessary subsidies to controversial enterprises. Planned Parenthood, which took in over $388 million in profits from 2002 to 2007, should not be allowed to continue to reap the munificence of the public coffers. Like other services best undertaken by the private sector, Planned Parenthood should be required to withstand fair market competition, instead of subsisting on unnecessary taxpayer support. From the letter:

“When the House of Representatives voted two weeks ago to end federal grants and contracts for Planned Parenthood, it did so alongside eliminations for other pet projects, such as military contracts, signaling the sanctimony preserved for institutions revered on both sides of the aisle is coming to a close. It was decided that American taxpayers should not be on the hook for unnecessary and controversial funding at a time when they simply cannot live with any more spending.

The federal budget is out of control, and if we cannot at least eliminate funding for an enormously wealthy, controversial nonprofit like Planned Parenthood, our movement to significantly cut the federal budget to sustainable levels with be dead in the water.

American Taxpayers cannot afford to be unwitting benefactors of endless bailouts, and the Pence Amendment is not just another social-issue skirmish. It is a test of economic and budgetary seriousness. Planned Parenthood must be privatized.”

Signatories to the letter include: Americans for Tax Reform, the Independence Institute, American Civil Rights Union, the Center for Fiscal Accountability, Americans for Prosperity, Citizens Against Government Waste, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, American Shareholders Association, Generation Joshua, Ocean State Policy Research Institution, Young Americans for Liberty,, Young Americans for Freedom, GOProud, Frontiers of Freedom, the Hispanic Leadership Fund, the Civitas Institute, Tea Party Washington, DC, Less Government, Citizen Outreach, the National Center for Public Policy Research, Capital Research Center, American Council for Health Care Reform, RenewAmerica, the Indian American Conservative Council, the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, the Florida Center-Right Meeting, ReAL Action,

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2011 Obama/State of the Union BINGO!

Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 9:32 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform once again presents these handy Bingo cards you may use to check off terms and phrases likely to be used during President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.  As a bonus, print out the different versions of the card and watch the speech with your friends or family.  There are ten different versions! 

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Americans for Tax Reform on the Tragedy in Arizona

Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, January 10th, 2011, 6:16 PM PERMALINK

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families at this time.  There is no place in society for such horrific and senseless acts of violence. We pray that those responsible for these criminal acts are brought to justice in a timely manner.

For California taxpayers, a clear choice in the governor's race

Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, November 1st, 2010, 2:48 PM PERMALINK

In today's Daily Caller, ATR's Patrick Gleason makes the case for Meg Whitman:

A Wall Street Journal profile of Meg Whitman concluded a year ago that the “danger for her is if the primary or general election turns into a referendum on inexperienced celebrity governors who failed to deliver—in other words, on Arnold.”

Not coincidentally, early last month her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown’s campaign commenced a concerted and effective effort to compare Whitman to Governor Schwarzenegger. During the campaign’s final stretch, Brown has continued to compare Whitman’s lack of political experience to the unpopular Schwarzenegger’s, arguing that Californians would be as dissatisfied with the former eBay CEO as they are with Schwarzenegger.

I say, let’s talk about experience. To be sure, both have a great deal of it, just of a very different sort.

Rather than spend her life running for elected office, asking donors for money, and answering to the demands of the public employee unions and trial lawyers that run Sacramento, as Jerry Brown has, Meg Whitman spent her professional career contributing to America’s GDP.

For the full article, click here.

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For Pennsylvania Taxpayers, the Choice is Clear

Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Saturday, October 16th, 2010, 5:15 PM PERMALINK

As the two Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates prepare for their second debate in Pittsburgh this evening, Democrat Dan Onorato and his supporters continue to issue misinformation and false claims that his opponent, Republican Tom Corbett, has contradicted his Pledge to oppose and veto any and all efforts to raise taxes.

However, they fact remains that Tom Corbett has done or said nothing to break or contradict his important pledge to not raise taxes on Pennsylvanians. Furthermore, Tom Corbett’s campaign has been unequivocal in response to Onorato’s false and misleading attacks. The campaign reiterated the following in a press release just yesterday: it a tax, fee or contribution – Tom Corbett is not going to raise it as the next Governor of Pennsylvania. 

Americans for Tax Reform applauds Tom Corbett’s principled commitment to represent and look out for Pennsylvania taxpayers, as opposed to the tenured bureaucrats and union bosses that have controlled Harrisburg for the past eight years.

Tom Corbett recognizes the only way to rein in unsustainable and out of control spending in Harrisburg is by taking higher taxes off the table and that raising taxes is the preferred solution of those who do not wish to actually govern. Standing in contrast is Dan Onorato, whose most significant legislative achievement is presiding over the largest tax increase in Allegheny County history. In fact, Dan Onorato is currently lobbying the legislature for higher energy taxes; this despite the fact that studies confirm that such a tax increase will reduce job-creating activity in the commonwealth, where unemployment nears double digits.

President Obama and congressional Democrats have raised taxes on net by more that $352 billion in the last 21 months. In light of this it’s imperative that the next governor not pile on with further job-killing tax increases at the state level. Tom Corbett is the only candidate in the race who has made clear that, if he is elected governor, Pennsylvanians wouldn’t have to worry about their already onerous tax burden rising any higher for the next four years. Standing in stark contrast is Dan Onorato’s agenda, which looks like Ed Rendell’s third term.

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Governors Who Have Left Higher Taxes on the Table By Not Signing the Pledge

Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010, 9:30 AM PERMALINK


Bob Riley




Jan Brewer




Mike Beebe








Bill Ritter




M. Jodi Rell




Sonny Perdue




C.L. “Butch” Otter




Pat Quinn




Chet Culver




Mark Parkinson




John Baldacci




Martin O’Malley




Deval Patrick




Jennifer Granholm




Dave Heineman




John Lynch




Bill Richardson




David Paterson




Ted Strickland




Brad Henry




Ted Kulongonski




Ed Rendell




Donald Carcieri




Mike Rounds




Phil Bredesen




Jim Douglas




Jim Doyle




Dave Freudenthal


What's the matter with Pennsylvania Republicans?

Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, September 27th, 2010, 6:52 PM PERMALINK

In today's Daily Caller, Patrick Gleason, ATR's director of state affairs, highlights the current push by Republican Leadership in the Pennsylvania Senate to pass tax hikes and trial lawyer bonanzas just prior to a crucial election in which the GOP is looking to take back the State House and governor's mansion:

Republican candidates for federal and state office across the country are espousing low taxes, limited government and free-market principles as they seek to recapture the U.S. House of Representatives, flip more than a dozen state legislative chambers, and gain control of the majority of the nation’s governors’ mansions. Yet in the Pennsylvania Senate, the only state legislative chamber controlled by the GOP in the northeast, the Republican majority is busy mucking up the message that their partisan counterparts across the country are trying to send to voters heading into the home stretch of this crucial campaign season.

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is one of the few state legislatures still in session at this point in the year. Lawmakers returned to the state capitol in Harrisburg this past week to pass a new tax on natural gas companies, the state’s most promising industry when it comes to job creation.

To read the full article, click here.

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Why Won't Sam Blakeslee Rule Out Higher Taxes in California

Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, August 12th, 2010, 6:24 PM PERMALINK

With next Tuesday’s special election for the 15th district Senate seat just around the corner, Americans for Tax Reform continues to call on all candidates in the race to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Currently, Mark Hinkle is the only candidate in the race to have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, and in doing so, is the only candidate to commit to opposing further tax increases on Golden State residents.

Most noticeably absent from the list of Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers is Sam Blakeslee. Currently, all Republicans in the state Senate have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Sam Blakeslee has been a Pledge signer during his tenure in the Assembly; however he has yet to commit to continuing the fight against higher taxes if elected to the Senate next Tuesday.

“It is quite odd that Sam Blakeslee refuses to take tax increases off the table in his bid to move to the state’s upper chamber. It’s one thing if you’re from a low-tax state like Texas or Wyoming, but if you can’t rule out higher taxes in a place like California – with a tax burden so high and tax climate so hostile that employers and families are fleeing the state in droves – where can you?” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.“You’re only as strong as your weakest link. Senate Republicans are currently standing strong in lockstep opposition to attempts to impose more job-killing tax increases on the California economy and are the only thing standing in the way of that happening. Having Blakeslee, who remains open to tax increases, join the caucus would add a dangerously weak link to the chain.

In addition to Meg Whitman and every Republican in the California Senate, nine sitting governors and nearly 1,100 state legislators across the country have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Additionally, 34 U.S. Senators and 174 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge.

“It’s no secret that Democrats in the California legislature want to continue to drive more businesses and taxpayers out of the state with further tax increases. The budget plan unveiled last week by Speaker John Perez and Senate President Darrell Steinberg entails billions of dollars in new taxes. In light of this, and the fact that Californians got hit with the largest state tax increase in U.S. history just last year, it’s troubling that only one candidate in the 15th district Senate race has committed to standing up for Golden State taxpayers and putting an end to business as usual in Sacramento,” added Norquist.“I applaud Mark Hinkle for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and urge all other candidates to join him in his commitment to restore fiscal sanity to California.”