Two million more expected to pay penalty under Obamacare
September 19th, 2012
07:34 PM ET
11 years ago

Two million more expected to pay penalty under Obamacare

New York (CNNMoney) - Congress' official scorekeeper said Wednesday that roughly two million more Americans will pay penalties under President Obama's health care law for lacking insurance than had previously been estimated.

Under the law, Americans must be insured starting in 2014 or pay a penalty assessed on their tax returns.


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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Every one should have some skin in the game. I am tired of seeing my premiums increase to pay for uninsured republicans who show up at the emergency room.

    September 19, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Fred

    The largest middle-class tax increase in the history of the country. Good job liberals!

    September 19, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Two million expected to pay lower premiums than offered by Insurance Companies

    That's what the title should say. But, that wouldn't be sensational enough to get ratings up.

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    September 19, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    ........please do NOT twist the facts, they get the healthcare!!! Once without insurance, they used to wipe out their homes.
    Which is better????????????? Idiots.
    PS: once State Exchanges come, premiums go DOWN!!!!!

    September 19, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. David in Tampa

    Very simple........ Medicare for all US citizens. This would eliminate all health care issues in the wok place, including workers comp. No medical on car or homeowners insurance. Most of all, no more medicaid. Everyone pay on every dime they make including investment income. The Medicare tax would be very small.

    September 19, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    So the uhbama lied. Is this a surprise?

    September 19, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    This law passed 100% by Democrats and 0% by Republicans is a scam on the American public and the American taxpayer. The Obama/ Pelosi/ Reid Washington Democratic Debt Machine was still celebrating their historic 2008 victory when they just crammed this through from locked back rooms loaded with lobbyists from their special interests and has come to define all that is wrong with government. Woefully underestimating the cost and overestimating the benefits. Fortunately American voters know how to fix this before it takes the American healthcare system to its knees. Romney/ Ryan 2012!

    September 19, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. Canchange

    Obamacre penalties we are in chains and shackles with this president, I don't know what the democrats wants, there will not be tax refunds for many people, thanks

    September 19, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    simple answer get INSURED because if they don't pay people like me who have HC will have to pay for them also and I really don't want to have to do that.

    September 19, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    Great reporting CNN. In your attempt at trying to appease the right-wing knuckle-draggers, you failed to mention that the "penalty" isn't enforced. It's totally meaningless, just like your attempts at wooing the right-wingers over here.

    September 19, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Larry L

    Since the uninsured cause the insured to pay much, much higher healthcare premiums why shouldn't they pay a penalty? Why should I pay more because some deadbeat wants to get a faster car or a bigger truck rather than pay for his healthcare coverage? Buy some insurance and pay no penalty.. why is that concept so challenging?

    September 19, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  12. Pete

    Yes but they also don't say it'll only cost the ones that really don't want it.This ACA bill is a small price to pay if you've been ever hospitalized for more than a day..I have and its capable of bankrupting anyone no matter how much you've saved or make..The penalty is like $60-100 for the first year and going up after that.They don't want you going to the emergency room running up a bill then not paying it,that's why its put out their to curtail the unnecessary expense of always using the hospital instead of a primary doctor costing way less...Read the plan,it needs work but its a start,republicans would have never given people a health plan,that's fact!!

    September 19, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. Anthony in California

    So are Republicans going to use this as an opportunity to bash Obama because, well.. its Obama. Or will they be happy Obama is penalizing the 'freeloaders" for not having insurance and expecting the rest of us to pay for them if they get sick...
    Who am I fooling.. they will bash Obama if he cured cancer.

    September 19, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  14. A-Ray

    And they should. We're all in this together.

    September 19, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  15. T'sah From Virginia

    I am sure by 2014, those so-called MILLIONS of Americans will be employed!! Oh wait, if they ARE employed now and not buying health insurance then they should be penalized. Why should the taxpayers pay for them??? Also, if they are NOT working, they cannot be penalized – they will be eligible for health care under ObamaCares. So don't make this more than what it is!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    September 19, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. Ed1

    Obama blame, blame, and blame some more give me a break you programs suck and everyone should know this by now we can't afford all of your stupid ideas.

    September 19, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  17. Name w.bullock

    Obama has runied it end of story

    September 19, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    The way the economy is continuing to tank.......that number will only GROW!

    September 19, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Good , then insurance cost will go down in the long run .

    It's a proses of bring down health car cost .

    September 19, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  20. otermbachmann

    Are they the republican hated middle class?

    September 20, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  21. Name layne summers

    Funny little word, "or." Twenty million will pay penalties OR buy insurance. Tenty million who can afford insurance, but who selfishly choose to refuse to take responsibility for their own lives and, instead, place the cost of their health care on the rest of us.

    September 20, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  22. 777dove

    Happy days are here again-NOT!!!!!!!!!!! Roughly TWO MILLION more people will have to pay a tax penalty. wow I am impressed by the compassion of the left. Deathcare for all.

    September 20, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  23. GI Joe

    Yep = instead of going to the ER for a hang nail and running up all Insurance Rates.

    The fees for ACA are dependent on family income, not profits for the Ins. Cos.

    Because we ARE all in this together.

    September 20, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  24. Get Real

    What happened to all the "SET IN STONE FACTS"??? This must be what they found after FINALLY reading the whole bill if they in fact have read it.

    September 20, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  25. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    but obama promised, no taxes on middle class, oh I guess obama lied again about obamacare, more obama lies oh my is that all obama is, all lies.

    September 20, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |