1 Million Poor Americans Hit by ObamaCare Fine

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


A man gets on his knees next to the car carrying U.S. President Obama as he pulls away from Valois restaurant in Chicago

Finally Obama is doing something for the poor and unemployed. He’s fining them.

Roughly one million low-income Americans will pay a fine under Obamacare, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

The CBO estimated that four million people would pay the individual mandate penalty for not having health insurance by 2016 as a result of the president’s health care law.

“An estimated $4 billion will be collected from those who are uninsured in 2016.”

200,000 of those paying the penalty earn less than 100 percent of the poverty line. An additional 800,000 are considered low-income, earning between 100 and 199 percent of the poverty level.

Meanwhile the number of uninsured hasn’t significantly changed. Many of the people who bought junk ObamaCare policies have discovered that they’re worthless and going to the ER instead. And ER’s are forcing people to get ObamaCare policies.

Isn’t it great how much wealthy Democrats care about the less fortunate?

  • D. Brown

    Those who can’t afford will receive waivors, thus processing the paperwork for all those bills is another waste money.

  • Ban Liberals

    These “Roberts taxes” will go unpaid. The IRS has no legal means to collect the money AS LONG AS THERE IS NO TAX DUE. And if takes the money from refunds due the poor, they will simply apply for MO’ MONEY!

    The American people have never been more screwed.

    • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

      You’re right about the law, but suppose the CBO took that into account, and the million poor people who are going to be hit with this fine are just the ones they estimate will be due a tax refund?

      • Ban Liberals

        Yes, there are many scenarios, and I’m sure given the level of corruption in Washington these days, nothing good is in store for taxpayers. I’m also not su sure it’ll be a million. I think millionS of people are going to refuse to but insurance when they dee the cost.

        This entire affair is a disaster and will get worse.

        Not to mention the estimated TENS of millions of illegals pouring into the country, soon to be ‘grandfathered’ regardless of what the schemers say.

        We will be bankrupt.

      • DB1954

        You have to file an income tax return in order to get a tax refund. The vast majority of poor folks don’t do that, and fewer will with each year. So we’re back to square one. We’re all … well, you know.

  • BagLady

    Getting money out of a stone was always difficult.

  • Hard Little Machine

    As always it’s still cheaper to pay nothing and show up at the local ER

  • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

    For Heaven’s sake, why aren’t Republican “leaders” making hay with this and pressuring the Democratic Senate for repeal?

    • DB1954

      Democrats for repeal?

      ha … ha ha … ha ha ha … ha ha ha ha … hahahahahahahahahaha ..

      • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

        Well of course the Democrats don’t want repeal, but if they face a choice between repeal and keeping their sorry behinds in office, they’ll vote for repeal. We should keep the pressure up on them, although I really expect we can’t win repeal until we take the Presidency also.

    • PosterBoi

      “Republicans” and “leaders” shouldn’t be used in the same statement. A fact that is being overlooked here is that a law doesn’t pass unless it is approved by both houses of congress. Folks, without the republican votes, Obamacare would not have made it to the president’s desk. You are blaming the president for the mistakes of congress and you keep on electing the same members for decades and some of them “serve” so long that they die in office of old age. If you keep electing the same people, you will continue to get the same results.Why should they care about insurance when they get it for free and for life?

      • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

        That’s why I put “leaders” in quotation marks. But despite the GOP’s many disgraces, you’re mistaken about Obamacare: it passed without a single Republican vote in both Houses. Also, “we” don’t keep electing Democrats, welfare recipients and public-sector workers do. As to Republicans, the problem is we Conservatives have not held control of the Party, but that looks to be changing.

  • wileyvet

    I thought the low income people were all going to be subsidized, so how come they haven’t enrolled in Obama’s awesome Ponzi Scheme? Here have a lousy mandated insurance policy, paid for by other Americans who were happy with their policies but can’t keep them, and then have a fine on top, because you didn’t take advantage of our crappy offer.

  • CapitalistPig

    The whole ObysmalCare FusterCluck is rolling out like a Republican Party talking points memo.
    The only thing that’s been inaccurate about those predictions has been the timetable–& that’s only because Obysmal keeps delaying implementation of major aspects of the law..

  • David

    Well, it’s like I said in 2012, the greatest advantage Obama has in running his re-election campaign is the fact that the full effect of his policies won’t be felt for years.

  • Cindy Murphy

    I’m out of a job and filed for disability. When I tried to look into Obamacare it cost too much. I Can’t afford $279 a month. I applied for Medicaid denied twice . Healthy Michigan denied. We should not be punished for being in financial hardship. That’s not right. There are many others dealing with hardships also. Give us some help instead of punishing us.

  • nyc

    This article and stream of comments is the most ignorant spewing of naivety I’ve ever seen. Not only is everything on here myopically construed to meet people’s desired political status, but it’s arrogantly dismissing of any positive effort the government ever does for its people. Subsidies would erase these “fees on the poor” entirely. It’s no wonder our country is falling apart, everyone is so damn stupid and selfish.

    • Seth Davidson

      You assume we want our government to interfere in the first place.
      The very fact that you and others like you do not understand this basic principle of ‘fuck off’ is the crux of the problem.