Alec DiFruscia

Obamacare Individual Mandate Devastates Families and Businesses

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Posted by Alec DiFruscia on Thursday, December 15th, 2016, 11:12 AM PERMALINK

When it was passed into law in 2010 Obamacare created more than $1 trillion in higher taxes on American families and businesses over the course of 10 years. Of the trillion dollars, seven of Obamacare’s tax increases directly hit Americans making less than $250,000 a year, violating President Barack Obama’s “firm pledge” to not raise taxes on the middle class. One of the seven tax increases, the individual mandate, has proven one of the most burdensome for Americans.

The individual mandate  will cost $43.3 billion over the course of the next 10 years and prove devastating for taxpayers. The tax penalty gave Americans a choice - purchase “qualifying” health insurance – as defined by President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services – or pay an income surtax to the IRS. In 2016, the annual fee was $695 for an individual, and $2,085 for a family of four, or 2.5% of your household income, whichever is higher, for “noncompliance.”

In order for Obamacare to work, there needs to be a significant portion of young healthy people to offset the cost of older, less healthy people. For a sustainable Obamacare, 40% of all enrollees need to be in the “golden” 18-34 age. However, Obamacare does not have its 40%. According to HHS, only 28% of enrollees are in this “golden” age range. Because of high costs and one-size-fits all insurances that does not suit the needs of young people, the economics of Obamacare are setup to fail.

For many Americans, going uninsured is a more financially feasible option for their families than paying the skyrocketing costs of Obamacare premiums. Close to 7.5 million taxpayers, or six percent of all filers, opted to pay the individual mandate tax in 2014, more than 25 percent higher than the administration’s highest estimate. As of the fall of 2015, this number increased by 3 million, to 10.5 million Americans.

The lack of healthy, young people on the Obamacare exchanges means insurers are unable to break even and are being forced to pull out of the system. This economic instability of Obamacare caused 1.4 million Americans to have their insurance terminated this year. Major insurance companies, like Aetna Inc., UnitedHealth Group, Inc., and other regional carriers have pulled out of the individual insurance markets. In addition, 17 of the 23 Obamacare exchanges have collapsed leaving millions more without health insurance and putting taxpayers on the hook for $1.8 billion.

According to a HealthDay/Harris Poll, 64% of respondents said that they would like to see the individual mandate provision of Obamacare repealed. The poll revealed that the individual mandate is overwhelmingly unpopular and creates a needless headache for millions of Americans.

Luckily for Americans, Republicans in Congress and President-elect Trump finally have an opportunity to repeal Obamacare and the individual mandate and take the burden of the disastrous healthcare law off of millions of American families.

Sign the petition and tell Congress and President-election Trump to repeal Obamacare in the first 100 days in office.

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Show Notes: How Obama's Labor Department Gets Between You and Your Savings

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Posted by Alec DiFruscia on Monday, December 5th, 2016, 9:00 AM PERMALINK

In Episode 68 of The Grover Norquist show, Grover sits down with ATR’s Justin Sykes to discuss the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule, a rule that places the federal government between Americans and their retirement savings, and is a cornerstone of Obama’s regulatory regime. 

Estimates show that the rule could disqualify up to 7 million IRA holders from investment advice and potentially reduce the number of IRAs opened annually by 300,000. Repealing this burdensome rule should be a priority of President-elect Trump.

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Show Notes: Taxpayers Win Big on Election Day

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Posted by Alec DiFruscia on Thursday, November 17th, 2016, 12:00 PM PERMALINK

With the Election Day behind us, Americans have a lot to look forward to. In episode 67 of The Grover Norquist Show, Grover reminds us that the voters:

  • Rejected Hillary Clinton’s $1 trillion in tax hikes,
  • Elected a Congress and President that will repeal Obamacare’s $1 trillion in taxes and failed policy
  • Will get comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform that spurs innovation and makes the US competitive internationally

Tune in and learn more about what may be in store for the next four years.

Click here to tell the President-elect and Congress to repeal Obamacare in the first 100 days.  

 

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Show Notes: What the Election Results Mean for American Taxpayers

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Posted by Alec DiFruscia on Monday, November 14th, 2016, 3:41 PM PERMALINK

On Election Day, voters made a choice: they chose freedom. Republicans across the country swept into office. The GOP now holds the Presidency, Senate, House, 33 governorships, and 2/3 of State Legislatures. Congress can finally repeal Obamacare and pass tax reform, two items that Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Mitch McConnell and President Trump all agree on.

The threats to the Second Amendment, the sharing economy, the Supreme Court, and vaping are gone, and now it’s time for a bold conservative agenda for the next four years. 

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Show Notes: The Hypocrisy of the Death Tax

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Posted by Alec DiFruscia on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016, 9:00 AM PERMALINK

In episode 65 of The Grover Norquist Show, ATR President Grover Norquist discusses the liberal hypocrisy of the death tax. Liberals tax you left and right, and then when you die, they make sure they hit you one final time. In Hillary Clinton’s tax hike plan, she proposed a death tax rate that would hit 65%, and in turn, devastate families across America.

But there is hope on the horizon. Only 15 states still have death taxes, and the Republican tax plan in House proposed scrapping the tax all together. Click here or listen to the podcast below. 

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Conservatives Should Focus on Governing from Congress

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Posted by Alec DiFruscia on Monday, October 31st, 2016, 5:13 PM PERMALINK

In a recent article in Medium, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist outlined the importance of Republicans holding their current majorities in both houses of Congress. For the better part of 62 years, Democrats held the House and Senate, and Republicans focused solely on winning the Presidency. Norquist says of the Democrats’ stronghold on Congress:

Democrats were content to govern from Congress — driving tax policy, spending policy and directing the executive branch with appropriations riders requiring or forbidding how the president could spend money. Government grew. Entitlements created a European social welfare state untouchable by the executive branch.

In 1994, that all changed and Republicans won back the House and the Senate for the first time in more than 60 years, ushering in a new decade of economic growth and prosperity.

Republican Congress won a cut in the capital gains tax from 28% to 20%. They forced spending down from Clinton’s planned spending by more than $200 billion/year and balanced the budget. They enacted welfare reform, the first major entitlement reform.

Unfortunately, during the Bush years the Republican Congress put their agenda aside in favor of the President’s, and it cost them the Congress in 2006 and 2008. So while the Presidency is “second dessert," Republicans and conservatives should focus on governing from Congress. 

You can read Norquist’s article here, and listen to his podcast below. 

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Show Notes: Win, Lose, or Draw Republicans Should Govern from Congress

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Posted by Alec DiFruscia on Thursday, October 27th, 2016, 9:00 AM PERMALINK

Reforming the federal government comes from conservative majorities in the House and Senate, and cementing these majorities is a must. In this episode of The Grover Norquist Show, conservative activist Grover Norquist explains the importance of conservatives holding their majorities in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.  

If you're like what you hear on The Grover Norquist Show, please subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher and leave a review. Email us at groverpodcast at atr.org to ask a question, offer a suggestion, or leave a comment. 


Show Notes: Hillary Clinton's Tax Hike Plan

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Posted by Alec DiFruscia on Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 9:00 AM PERMALINK

In episode 63 of the Grover Norquist Show, ATR President Grover Norquist runs through the complete list of Hillary’s tax hikes: capital gains tax, death tax, and payroll tax just to name a few. Her tax hike plan will cost Americans over a trillion dollars, and hit middle class families the hardest. 

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Show Notes: Empower Real Americans' Voices in Presidential Debates

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Posted by Alec DiFruscia on Thursday, October 13th, 2016, 9:00 AM PERMALINK

In Episode 62 of the Grover Norquist Show, ATR President Grover Norquist discusses the importance of the American people having a voice in the Presidential debates. Norquist is a part of the Open Debate Coalition, a bipartisan group that focuses on having questions asked in debates about topics the American people care about.

All too often, the debate questions are chosen by the moderators who have little interest in the problems facing Americans, leaving substance by the wayside. Guns, vaping, and school choice are all examples of issues that impact millions of Americans, but not a word is muttered about them in the Presidential debates.

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ATR Recognizes Taxpayer Protection Pledge Signers Ahead of Tuesday’s Primary

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Posted by Alec DiFruscia on Monday, August 29th, 2016, 4:41 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform recognizes the incumbents and candidates who have taken the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people ahead of today's primary. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a written commitment to the voters and the American public to oppose tax hikes.



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