The latest Republican talking point on Obamacare since the Supreme Court decision upholding the individual mandate has begun to emerge.
The latest use of it to come to my attention was this morning on the MSNBC program The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd. On the program Senator John Cornyn (R – Texas) spoke of the 22 other taxes in Obamacare in addition to the individual mandate.
Now, frankly, I didn’t know of these 22 other taxes. I knew there were a couple, very few that affected any significant number of people. The experience here in Massachusetts has already shown that the tax penalty for lack of insurance will affect only one percent of the population.
So, I attempted to research this assertion.
All I could find was an article published yesterday in Forbes (hardly a publication favorable to the Administration). In addition to the mandate they listed only six. Among these was the tax on employers with 50 or more employees who don’t provide insurance (they didn’t mention the associated tax credit for providing insurance).
You can examine these for yourself, but you’ll see that they are not nearly the onerous and far-reaching burden that the ominous warning of 22 additional taxes that this talking point has been promoting.
Anyone who can provide an enumeration of the remaining 16 taxes with supporting documentation is welcome. Otherwise I believe that this is another effort at disinformation that should be relegated to the circular file containing claims of voter fraud and charges that the President was born in Kenya or other claims about Obamacare such as it would cost 800,000 jobs or cut Medicare by $500 billion.
UPDATE: I’ve found a list of 20. See comment section below.