Originally posted by NAHU Newswire, February 11, 2015.
Administration Warns Of Penalty For Failing To Enroll In Health Coverage.
The Washington Times  (2/11, Howell) reports that with only a few days left before the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the ACA, the Obama Administration “has begun to spotlight the penalty some Americans could pay for failing” to do so. While the Administration has previously focused on “the benefits of coverage,” the “latest email blasts to customers with HealthCare.gov accounts warn users to ‘get covered or risk paying a fee.’”

US News & World Report  (2/11, Brecht) adds that the premium subsidy consumers receive is based on projected income and family size for the year. As such, if “you ended up earning more money than expected or had a change in your family in 2014,” you “could be responsible for paying back some or all of the subsidies received.”

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “on Tuesday warned that the Affordable Care Act will unleash a new round of tax penalties on people across the country,” The Hill  (2/11, Bolton) reports. McConnell blasted the law for making the “mind-numbingly complex tax code” even more complicated, stating, “If you have health insurance, ObamaCare now has a tax for that. If you don’t have health insurance, ObamaCare has a tax for that, too.” McConnell “said some of the taxes are paid by consumers directly while others come in the form of higher premiums.”

The Daily Caller  (2/11, Stoltzfoos) reports McConnell said that many of the ACA’s taxes “fall on the shoulders of the middle class.” He added, “It’s a stressful time of year, but thanks to Obamacare, many are sure to find it even more stressful.”