The left and the right. Yin and yang. Good and bad. Right and wrong. If it’s right, it’s individual reponsibility. If it’s left, it’s individual “shared” responsiblity.
What that means is, that for the left there is no responsibility at all. And why should there be?
There is no need to be responsible when other individuals will pick up the tab when you slack off. No health insurance? Obamacare! No money? No problem! Obama will subsidize you.
And because Obama loves the American people so much, he’s having his friends over the IRS “remind” us that they will be ready to collect our payments of our individual shared responsibility starting with our 2014 tax returns when filing in 2015.
The Obama administration argued vehemently that the penalty for failing to comply with the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act was not a tax and they even pursued that argument to the Supreme Court. But not once do I recall anyone referring to it as an individual shared responsibility payment.
Anyways, this is a new year and a time for new things. So, the IRS has decided to help us out here a little bit and has given us a catchy phrase. Apparently the word tax was not enough of a tongue twister, it being too low-brow an’ all, to be acceptable by the Obama administration. And besides, the poor things had worked for so long and so hard claiming that it wasn’t a tax.
But the folks over at Americans for Tax Reform still do. A tax to them is akin to Stein’s rose. Tax is a tax is a tax is a tax.
According to Americans for Tax Reform which caught this a few days ago:
President Obama’s Internal Revenue Service today quietly released a series of Obamacare “Health Care Tax Tips” warning Americans that they must obtain “qualifying” health insurance – as defined by the federal government – or face a “shared responsibility payment” when filing their tax returns in 2015. The term “shared responsibility payment” refers to the Obamacare individual mandate tax, one of at least seven tax hikes in the healthcare law that directly hit families making less than $250,000 per year.
In “Four Tax Facts about the Health Care Law for Individuals” the agency writes:
Your 2014 tax return will ask if you had insurance coverage or qualified for an exemption. If not, you may owe a shared responsibility payment when you file in 2015.
In “The Individual Shared Responsibility Payment- An Overview” the agency warns Americans they must prove they were covered each and every month of the year:
For any month in 2014 that you or any of your dependents don’t maintain coverage and don’t qualify for an exemption, you will need to make an individual shared responsibility payment with your 2014 tax return filed in 2015.
Calling it something else doesn’t make it any better nor does it help the American public forget what it really is. It’s a tax, plain and simple.
Obama and his progressives feel obligated to add to the newspeak lexicon though so that they can help liberals feel good. It lets liberals feel like they’re accomplishing something even when they’re not. It’s part of being one of the collective.
In progressivism’s groupspeak, an unborn baby is “non-viable tissue mass,” socialized medicine is “healthcare reform,” and higher taxes are an “investment for the future.” Oh, and black genocide by way of “non-viable tissue mass extraction,” that’s disguised as Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion provider in the country.
Don’t worry about that money in your pocket though. You didn’t earn it anyway.
For Obama and his progressive comrades it will be theirs because it’s all about the responsibility of individuals sharing that money with others as long as they have it in their pockets.
And what if the time comes you don’t have any money in your pockets and you haven’t obtained “qualifying” health insurance? Don’t worry. That money will come from someone else’s pocket. And then they’ll probably send the IRS.
- IRS Warns: Obamacare Tax Must Be Paid with Tax Return | Americans for Tax Reform
- It’s Not an Obamacare Tax: It’s an “Individual Shared Responsibility Payment” | Townhall
- IRS referring to individual mandate tax as ‘shared responsibility payment’ « The Greenroom