Dem Plan to Reimpose Obamacare Tax Will Hit Trump Districts Hard

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Posted by Alex Hendrie on Monday, February 24th, 2020, 2:06 PM PERMALINK

Democrats want to bring the Obamacare individual mandate tax back from the dead and impose it on taxpayers in every Congressional district.

There are 30 Congressional districts that President Trump won in 2016 that are currently represented by Democrats.

These Trump-district Democrats have repeatedly opposed tax cuts and regulatory reform pushed by Republicans, instead siding with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in pushing for higher taxes and more regulations.

Before Republicans repealed it in 2017 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the individual mandate was one of the most regressive taxes in the code. The mandate forced individuals to purchase government approved health insurance or pay a tax totaling almost $700 for an individual and $2,000 for a family.

Repeal of the hated Obamacare tax has provided relief for low- and middle-income households:

  • In 2017, the Obamacare individual mandate tax hit 4,654,990 households.
  • 75 percent of those paying the mandate had annual income of less than $50,000 and 32 percent had annual income of less than $25,000. 

 

Americans for Tax Reform has run the numbers on what re-imposing the individual mandate tax in the 30 Trump districts would mean for these taxpayers. The results are consistent across the board: the tax disproportionately targets low- and middle-income families and individuals.


[View ATR's breakdown of the most recent IRS individual mandate tax penalty data for every Congressional district

Here is the breakdown for the 2016 Trump Districts that currently have Democrat Representatives: 

Tom O’Halleran’s district (AZ-01)

  • 7,660 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,480 of those households, or 32 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 5,640 of those households, or 74 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000. 
  • In the 2016 election, 63 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Lucy McBath’s district (GA-06)

  • 9,070 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,380 of those households, or 26 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 6,090 of those households, or 67 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 48 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Lauren Underwood’s district (IL-14)

  • 7,610 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,200 of those households, or 28 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 5,290 of those households, or 69 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 49 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Cheri Bustos’ district (IL-17)

  • 8,830 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,490 of those households, or 40 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 7,160 of those households, or 81 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 47 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Abby Finkenauer’s district (IA-01)

  • 8,930 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,080 of those households, or 34 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 7,070 of those households, or 79 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 48 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Dave Loebsack’s district (IA-02)

  • 9,160 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,340 of those households, or 36 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 7,350 of those households, or 80 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 49 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Cindy Axne’s district (IA-03)

  • 10,370 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,340 of those households, or 32 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 8,070 of those households, or 78 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 48 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Jared Golden’s district (ME-02)

  • 12,780 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,820 of those households, or 30 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 9,770 of those households, or 76 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 51 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Elissa Slotkin’s district (MI-08)

  • 8,290 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,060 of those households, or 37 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 6,400 of those households, or 77 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 51 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Haley Stevens’ district (MI-011)

  • 8,260 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,710 of those households, or 33 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 6,080 of those households, or 74 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 49 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Angie Craig’s district (MN-02)

  • 7,810 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,130 of those households, or 27 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 5,640 of those households, or 72 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 46 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Collin C. Peterson’s district (MN-07)

  • 9,200 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,700 of those households, or 29 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 6,940 of those households, or 75 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 61 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Susie Lee’s district (NV-03)

  • 13,390 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,970 of those households, or 30 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 9,340 of those households, or 70 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 48 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Chris Pappas’ district (NH-01)

  • 12,150 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,670 of those households, or 30 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 9,080 of those households, or 75 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 48 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Josh Gottheimer’s district (NJ-05)

  • 9,220 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,590 of those households, or 28 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 6,180 of those households, or 67 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 49 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Mikie Sherill’s district (NJ-11)

  • 7,340 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 1,880 of those households, or 26 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 4,730 of those households, or 64 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 49 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Xochitl Torres Small’s district (NM-02)

  • 9,820 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,180 of those households, or 33 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 4,090 of those households, or 42 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 50 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Max Rose’s district (NY-11)

  • 9,640 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,900 of those households, or 30 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 6,950 of those households, or 31 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 53 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Sean Patrick Maloney’s district (NY-18)

  • 7,660 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,380 of those households, or 31 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 5,570 of those households, or 73 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 49 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Antonio Delgado’s district (NY-19)

  • 9,050 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,050 of those households, or 34 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 7,040 of those households, or 78 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 50 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Anthony Brindisi’s district (NY-22)

  • 7,940 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,190 of those households, or 40 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 6,520 of those households, or 82 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 54 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Kendra Horn’s district (OK-05)

  • 12,000 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,540 of those households, or 30 percent had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 8,910 of those households, or 74 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 53 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Matt Cartwright’s district (PA-08)

  • 7,860 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,410 of those households, or 31 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 5,730 of those households, or 73 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 53 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Conor Lamb’s district (PA-17)

  • 9,180 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,610 of those households, or 39 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 7,430 of those households, or 81 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 49 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Joe Cunningham’s district (SC-01)

  • 10,570 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,990 of those households, or 28 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 7,650 of those households, or 72 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 53 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Ben McAdams’ district (UT-04)

  • 14,100 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,760 of those households, or 27 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 10,210 of those households, or 72 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 39 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Elaine Luria’s district (VA-02)

  • 8,960 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,740 of those households, or 31 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 6,780 of those households, or 76 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 48 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Abigail Spanberger’s district (VA-07)

  • 10,110 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,980 of those households, or 29 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 7,380 of those households, or 73 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 50 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Don Beyer’s district (WA-08)

  • 11,120 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 2,630 of those households, or 24 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 7,020 of those households, or 63 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 45 percent of the district voted for Trump.

 

Ron Kind’s district (WI-03­­­­­­­­)

  • 10,780 households paid the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax in 2017.
  • 3,440 of those households, or 32 percent, had annual income of less than $25,000.
  • 8,540 of those households, or 79 percent, had annual income of less than $50,000.
  • In the 2016 election, 49 percent of the district voted for Trump.

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