ObamaCare Chaos: 800,000 Customers Sent Incorrect Tax Info

AP Photo/LM Otero
AP Photo/LM Otero

The latest faceplant from ObamaCare is going to delay some 800,000 tax returns. As reported by Fox News:

The Obama administration says it sent about 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers the wrong tax information, and officials are asking those consumers to delay filing their 2014 taxes.

The tax error disclosed Friday is a self-inflicted injury that comes on the heels of what President Barack Obama had touted as a successful enrollment season, with about 11.4 million people signed up.

California, which is running its own insurance market, just announced a similar problem affecting about 100,000 people in that state.

The errors mean that nearly 1 million people may have to wait longer to get their tax refunds this year.

Another 50,000 or so who already filed may have to resubmit their returns.

Federal officials also announced a special sign-up extension for uninsured people facing the health care law’s tax penalties.

Remember, this ridiculous circus act cost us billions of dollars just for administrative overhead and computer infrastructure. They had years to get ready for the launch of ObamaCare… and they’re still making stupid errors that cost hundreds of thousands of Americans time and money.

Do any of you still have questions about whether this is a compulsive socialist scheme that’s all about enforcement and penalties, rather than a shower of “free” health care goodies from the heavens? Here, let the Associated Press lay it out for you (my bold):

The tax error highlights the complicated links between Obama’s health care law and taxes, connections that consumers will experience for the first time this year. The law subsidizes private health insurance for people who don’t have access to job-based coverage.

By delivering those subsidies through the income tax system, the White House and the law’s supporters were able to tout the health care overhaul as a tax cut. But it also introduced new wrinkles to an already-complicated tax system.

The errors disclosed Friday are in new forms that HealthCare.gov sent to millions of consumers receiving coverage through the federal insurance market that serves most states. Those forms, called 1095-As, are like a W-2 for health care. They provided a month-by-month accounting of the subsidies consumers received to help pay their premiums. That information is then used to make sure everybody got the right amount, not too much, or too little.

Andy Slavitt, a top administration official overseeing federal health insurance programs, said the administration is still investigating the root cause of the problem. Slavitt said it had to do with erroneous calculations of a “benchmark” premium that is used to help determine the amount of subsidies that individuals receive.

It’s unclear how the error would affect consumers, Slavitt said. He said it’s a mix of people who would have gotten too much assistance with their premiums, or too little.

In other words, it’s another one of the many, many scams that were run by Obama and his crew to trick Americans into thinking ObamaCare would be inexpensive and largely voluntary (“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Nobody is going to take it away from you, period.”) It was going to work so incredibly well that people would toss their old insurance plans aside like losing lottery tickets and race to sign up for ObamaCare, using a sleek high-tech website that put Amazon.com to shame.

Luckily, Obama doesn’t think your time is valuable. The ends of ObamaCare justify any amount of suffering inflicted on the American people, and he sure as heck isn’t going to invite any of the designated losers or paperwork victims to stand next to him on a stage, so he’ll sleep easy tonight.


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