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Democrats Would Rather Lie And Defend Unpopular Policies Than Support Tax Cuts

- November 16, 2017

IN AN EFFORT TO DEFEND THE UNPOPULAR INDIVIDUAL MANDATE, DEMOCRATS ARE MAKING FALSE CLAIMS IN AN ATTEMPT TO DERAIL TAX RELIEF

Various Democrats Have Falsely Claimed 13 Million People Would Lose Insurance If The Individual Mandate Is Repealed

Yesterday, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Claimed Repealing The Individual Mandate Would Take "13 Million People Off Health Insurance To Give Tax Cuts To The Wealthy." SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "I would remind him and all of my Republican colleagues that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said it would lead to 13 million fewer Americans with health insurance. So we are taking 13 million people off of health insurance to give tax cuts to the wealthy." (Sen. Chuck Schumer, Congressional Record , 11/15/17, p. S7227 - p. S7228)

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Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) Tweeted That The Inclusion Of The Individual Mandate In The Tax Bill Would Take "Health Care Away From 13 Million Americans." "Republicans now want to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy by taking health care away from 13 million Americans." (Sen. Dick Durbin, Twitter Feed , 11/15/17)

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Tweeted That The Tax Bill Would "Rip Health Care From 13 Million People." "BREAKING: the Senate GOP is planning to rip health care from 13 million people, drive up premiums AND cut Medicare to pay for tax cuts for billionaires and corporations." (Sen. Jeff Merkley, Twitter Feed , 11/14/17)

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN), During A Radio Interview, Claimed That The Tax Bill Was Set Up So That "13 Million Americans Lose Coverage." DONNELLY: "I was hoping to be a part of seeing taxes be reduced for families, for businesses, and for people to be able to still have their health care. This sets it up so that 13 million Americans lose coverage." (Sen. Joe Donnelly, Remarks On Fort Wayne's Morning News, 11/15/17, 1:20 - 1:33) 

  • Again, Senator Donnelly (D-IN), During Another Radio Interview, Claimed The Tax Bill Would Cause "13 Million Americans To Lose Coverage." DONNELLY: "I've worked really hard to be a partner in reforming the tax code, to work with the President, the Vice President. I flew with the President, I was with Vice President Pence. I met with the Treasury, the Secretary, the whole crew. And then yesterday they inserted in the bill a repeal of a huge portion of the affordable care act that would cause 13 million Americans to lose coverage." (Sen. Joe Donnelly, Remarks on WLBC Wake Up Crew, 11/15/17, 2:20 - 2:43)

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Claimed That The Tax Bill Would "Rip Health Insurance Away From 13 Million Americans." "The news just broke - Senate Republicans want to rip health insurance away from 13 million Americans... through the tax bill." (Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Twitter Feed , 11/14/17)

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Stated "We Shouldn't Throw 13 Million People Off Health Insurance To Give More Money To Billionaires And Corporations." "We shouldn't throw 13 million people off of health insurance to give more money to billionaires and corporations." (Sen. Bernie Sanders, Twitter Feed , 11/16/17)

Washington Post Fact Checkers Called Senator Schumer's Claim That 13 Million People Would Lose Health Insurance If The Individual Mandate Is Repealed "Problematic" Because CBO's Estimate Of Coverage Loss "Is Mostly Describing A Voluntary Action Of People Choosing Not To Buy Health Insurance." "The first part of Schumer's statement remains problematic. CBO, in estimating the impact of repealing the individual mandate, is mostly describing a voluntary action of people choosing not to buy health insurance. That's not the same as 'kicking off' 13 million people. Granted, some people may feel they don't have a choice because their premiums increased, but that's not the majority of the people affected under CBO's analysis. Senate Democrats need to more accurately describe the CBO report." (Glenn Kessler, "Schumer's Claim That The GOP Is "Kicking 13 Million People Off Health Insurance," The Washington Post , 11/16/17)

Washington Post Fact Checker: "In Other Words, People Would Not Be Forced To Give Up Their Insurance As Schumer Claims." "That adds up to 13 million, but CBO says the action would be voluntary. In other words, people would not be forced to give up their insurance as Schumer claims." (Glenn Kessler, "Schumer's Claim That The GOP Is "Kicking 13 Million People Off Health Insurance," The Washington Post , 11/16/17)

  • The Washington Post Gave Sen. Schumer Two Pinocchio's For His False Claim:

Polling Has Shown Nearly Half Of Americans Support Eliminating The Individual Mandate

In December 2016, A Poll Conducted By The Kaiser Family Foundation Found That 43 Percent Of Americans Held An Unfavorable View Of The Individual Mandate. (Mollyannn Brodie, Ashley Kirzinger, and Elise Sugarman, "Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: November 2016," The Kaiser Family Foundation , 12/1/16)

In March 2017, A Poll Found That 48 Percent Of Americans Support The Repeal Of The Individual Mandate. ( CNN and ORC International , 1025, 3.0% MoE, 3/1 - 3/4)

The Individual Mandate Has Not Worked As Intended

The Affordable Care Act Established The Individual Mandate - A Punitive Tax Levied On Those Who Choose To Forgo Purchasing Uninsured. "The architects of the Affordable Care Act thought they had a blunt instrument to force people - even young and healthy ones - to buy insurance through the law's online marketplaces: a tax penalty for those who remain uninsured." (Robert Pear, "Health Law Tax Penalty? I'll Take It, Millions Say," The New York Times , 10/26/16)

The Mandate Was Designed To Encourage Young Health People To Purchase Insurance And Broaden The Risk Pool. "The individual mandate - which requires most Americans to purchase insurance or face a tax penalty - was included in the ACA to get young healthy people covered and broaden the insurance risk pool." (Deirdre Shesgreen, "McCaskill Open To Nixing Individual Mandate As Part Of Health Care Compromise," USA Today , 7/19/17)

However, The Mandate Itself Has Not "Worked All That Well" As Premiums On The Exchanges Continue To Rise. " It [the individual mandate] has not worked all that well, and that is at least partly to blame for soaring premiums next year on some of the health law's insurance exchanges." (Robert Pear, "Health Law Tax Penalty? I'll Take It, Millions Say," The New York Times , 10/26/16)

Young And Healthy Americans Have Gone The "Cheaper" Route And Paid The Penalty Rather Than Pay An Insurance Company That Is "Charging Large Premiums With Huge Deductibles." "But even then that might not be enough: For the young and healthy who are badly needed to make the exchanges work, it is sometimes cheaper to pay the Internal Revenue Service than an insurance company charging large premiums, with huge deductibles." (Robert Pear, "Health Law Tax Penalty? I'll Take It, Millions Say," The New York Times , 10/26/16)

Even Some Senate Democrats Have Called For The Repeal Of The Individual Mandate

In 2010, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) Claimed That He Wanted To "Repeal The [Individual] Mandate Or The Entire Healthcare Law If The [Individual] Mandate Could Not Be Eliminated." "Manchin said during his 2010 campaign that he wanted to repeal the mandate, or the entire healthcare law if the mandate could not be eliminated." (Alexander Bolton and Jason Millman, "Dems Up For Reelection Under Pressure To Nix Healthcare Mandate," The Hill , 1/6/11)

In 2013, Senator Manchin Stated He Had "Always Opposed The Individual Mandate" And That He Had "Concerns With The Implementation Of The Affordable Care Act." "I have always opposed the individual mandate, and I continue to have concerns with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the cost and choices West Virginians will have in the health care exchanges." (Press Release, "Manchin Statement On Avoiding Government Shutdown," Sen. Joe Manchin , 9/26/13)

In 2011, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Claimed There Are "Other Ways We Can Get People Into The [Healthcare] Pool - I Hope - Other than A Mandate" "Speaking on MSNBC Wednesday morning, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill suggested that Democrats should ditch the individual mandate required in President Obama's health reform law. It's a proposed amendment to legislation she supported that's deeply unpopular in Missouri just as she ramps up for a challenging reelection bid. 'There's other ways we can get people into the pool - I hope - other than a mandate, and we need to look at that,' McCaskill said Wednesday morning on MSNBC." (David Cantanese, "McCaskill Moves Away From Mandate," Politico , 1/5/11)

In 2017, Senator McCaskill Stated That She Was Open To The Idea Of "Nixing" The Individual Mandate. "McCaskill said she would consider nixing that in favor of other provisions that might achieve that goal, such as 'automatic enrollment.'" (Deirdre Shesgreen, "McCaskill Open To Nixing Individual Mandate As Part Of Health Care Compromise," USA Today , 7/19/17)


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