Americans Look Askance At New Taxes Imposed By Healthcare Law

A recent bipartisan poll conducted by GOP pollster John McLaughlin and Democratic pollster Margie Omera  shows little support among American voters for new taxes included in the Affordable  Care Act.

Slightly more than one third of the respondents, which included Republicans, Democrats and Independents, approved of the new excise tax set to raise $8 billion next year from health insurance providers, while 50 percent of respondents stated flatly that they opposed the tax and 12 percent were neutral.

A similar percent of respondents felt the same way about the 2.3 percent tax on medical devices that went into effect at the beginning of this year. And as for the Affordable Care Act overall, 49 percent opposed it and additional 7 percent were neutral.  So it’s hardly surprising that 71 percent of the respondents of all political stripes said they supported changing, delaying, defunding or repealing the ACA.

 

Dorothy Coleman

Dorothy Coleman

Dorothy Coleman is vice president of tax and domestic economic policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Ms. Coleman is responsible for providing NAM members with important information related to tax issues and representing the NAM’s position to Congress, the Administration and the media. An NAM spokesperson for tax policy issues, she coordinates membership coalitions; prepares testimony, reports and analyses; and responds to media inquiries. Before taking over as vice president of the tax policy department, she served as director of tax policy from April 1998 to April 2000.
Dorothy Coleman

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