The Wall Street Journal, writing in favor of Speaker Boehner’s refusal to compromise with President Obama’s desired $1 trillion new in tax increases as part of a potential debt ceiling negotiation deal, lists just some of the new taxes we can already look forward to over the next few years thanks to President Obama:
Keep in mind that Mr. Obama has already signed the largest tax increase since 1993. While everyone focuses on the Bush tax rates that expire after 2012, other tax increases are already set to hit the economy thanks to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. As a refresher, here’s a non-exhaustive list of ObamaCare’s tax increases:
• Starting in 2013, the bill adds an additional 0.9% to the 2.9% Medicare tax for singles who earn more than $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000.
• For first time, the bill also applies Medicare’s 2.9% payroll tax rate to investment income, including dividends, interest income and capital gains. Added to the 0.9% payroll surcharge, that means a 3.8-percentage point tax hike on “the rich.” Oh, and these new taxes aren’t indexed for inflation, so many middle-class families will soon be considered rich and pay the surcharge as their incomes rise past $250,000 due to tax-bracket creep. Remember how the Alternative Minimum Tax was supposed to apply only to a handful of millionaires?
Taxpayer cost over 10 years: $210 billion.
• Also starting in 2013 is a 2.3% excise tax on medical device manufacturers and importers. That’s estimated to raise $20 billion.
• Already underway this year is the new annual fee on “branded” drug makers and importers, which will raise $27 billion.
• Another $15.2 billion will come from raising the floor on allowable medical deductions to 10% of adjusted gross income from 7.5%.
• Starting in 2018, the bill imposes a whopping 40% “excise tax” on high-cost health insurance plans. Though it only applies to two years in the 2010-2019 window of ObamaCare’s original budget score, this tax would still raise $32 billion—and much more in future years.
• And don’t forget a new annual fee on health insurance providers starting in 2014 and estimated to raise $60 billion. This tax, like many others on this list, will be passed along to consumers in higher health-care costs.
There are numerous other new taxes in the bill, all adding up to some $438 billion in new revenue over 10 years. But even that is understated because by 2019 the annual revenue increase is nearly $90 billion, or $900 billion in the 10 years after that. Yet Mr. Obama wants to add another $1 trillion in new taxes on top of this.
Interesting, considering just a couple of years ago he was saying that raising taxes during a recession was bad news for the economy …
President Obama has put on the table the possibility of lowering taxes at a future date if it would mean the GOP would go along with his ideas. As Ed Morrissey reminds us, beware:
We don’t need to look too far back in American history for a primer on this tactic. A Democratic Congress convinced George H. W. Bush to raise taxes in exchange for a promise to cut spending in 1990, forcing Bush to reverse his “read my lips” pledge. Not only did the Democrats fail to deliver cuts or tax reform, they then used the “read my lips” clip in the 1992 presidential contest. Before that, Democrats in Congress convinced Ronald Reagan to sign an amnesty bill in exchange for reforms in border security and control, only to renege on that as well.
This is something not lost on Speaker Boehner, who has made it clear he knows the President is in full Campaign 2012 mode with so-called ‘good-faith efforts‘ in trying to get the GOP to “work with” him on a debt ceiling deal. Expect more push and shove in the days ahead. I suspect a deal will happen before the end of the week, but the big question is who will ‘cave’ first?
As they say, stay tuned …