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