Recently, we here at Americans for Tax Reform have been trying to spread the word about the nooks and crannies of Baucus health care bill. The most recent atrocity?: the medicine cabinet tax.
As you probably already know, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) released a draft healthcare reform plan that contains many tax increases on working families. One of these would deny 30 million American families the ability to use flexible spending accounts (FSA accounts) and health savings accounts (HSA accounts) to purchase over-the-counter medications.
Under current law, families can use their FSA/HSA account money to buy things like aspirin, pain relievers, and contact lens solution.
Additionally, most of the roughly 30 million families that have flex-accounts and health savings accounts do not earn more than $250,000 per year. President Obama pledged again and again to never raise “any form” of taxes on families making less than $250,000 per year. Presumably, that included working families buying medicine at the drugstore.
So you might be wondering, why hasn’t the media covered this?
From the LM Tribune: Americans for Tax Reform … wants to know where Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, stands on the "aspirin tax." Are you kidding me? The House health care reform bill would cost more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years, and these guys are worried about paying a little more for over-the-counter drugs? Somehow, my enthusiasm lags.
First of all, we here at Americans for Tax Reform have devoted a lot of time informing everyone on the general cost associated with the Bills in Congress.
So now that more outrageous things are being found in the bill, i.e. tax hikes, enthusiasm is lagging? Why don’t you print the story, and let your readers decide if their enthusiasm is lagging or not?
Given the attendance of the 9/12 March in Washington DC this past Saturday, it’d be a safe bet to say that the majority of Americans aren’t “enthused” about more tax hikes from the Obama administration. That’s enthusiasm we can believe in.