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Obamacare's Neglect of the Middle Class

February 11, 2015

The Democrat's attempts to discredit Republicans' efforts to reform Obamacare misunderstand these reform efforts and perhaps Obamacare itself, argues Jeffrey Anderson, executive director of the 2017 project.

The Burr-Hatch-Upton proposal would correct the glaring holes in Obamacare's tax credit distribution.  Under Obamacare young and middle-class Americans receive no subsidies or tax credits through Obamacare.  For example, a 31-year-old woman in Fairfax County, Virginia, with no children and an income of $33,500 would receive no subsidy to purchase health insurance.  Glaring gaps in coverage occur because Obamacare does not provide a blanket subsidy to anyone making up to 400% of the federal poverty rate.  Instead, the coverage depends on age, income, and location, leaving many average Americans with no help in getting increasingly expensive coverage.

Source: Jeffrey H. Anderson, "Obamacare's Neglect of the Middle Class," The Weekly Standard, February 9, 2015.


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