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Is 'Obamacare' The Largest Tax Increase In The History Of The World'?

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Published on Jul 7, 2012

"Since the Supreme Court decision, Republicans have been calling the Affordable Care Act "the largest tax increase in the history of the world." Politifact rates this false. Kevin Drum's got a table of the 15 significant tax increases since 1950, and the Affordable Care Act, which amounts to a tax increase of 0.49 percent of GDP, comes in 10th. Austin Frakt took Drum's table and made a chart...So no, the Affordable Care Act isn't the "biggest tax hike in history." It's not even the biggest tax hike in the past 60 years. Or 50 years. Or 30 years. Or 20 years...".* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more here from Ezra Klein of The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/e...

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Comments • 599

John Quidam
Cardasians Cenk, the Deep Space 9 aliens are called Cardasians.
notwaiting
Sooo the Republicans call Obamacare a tax and that makes Obamacare good? If you can't keep your health care plan you've had and the physicians you've known for decades and then you find out you're out of pocket premiums are going to be raised because the government has now taken control of that industry, just what are you supposed to call it, Affordable Health Care?
sab287Leporidae
Free speech , Free speech , we don't need to hear your BS , don't want to hear your BS , Communist , Communist Communist Communist !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  YOU ARE A RED DIAPER DOPER BABY      C   O   M   M  U   N   I   S   T   !!!!!!!!
sab287Leporidae
" The Young Turks " huh what sort of a " doofus " would give himself a name like this , i know you have a partner so this is where the " plural " usage of " Turks " shines in but for one you are both no longer " Young " , stop dreaming , there is no more " tail to chase , so growup " . Second you call yourself a Turk , as if you can handle a knife , " act like a man " come on here "  J O " You're a leftist wimp who if he had to defend himself would wimper like a dog that ate a piece rag and was straining to pass it out of its ass ! Look " Lenny " go find " George " and pet your Kittens before those" God damn cats come " bullshit artist "  !
Raul Rosado
Hi all,the sad part of all these taxes increases is that we never contribute enough to get the thins we need.I think that the American people pay enough taxes to get what they need,like free College education for our youngs and free health care.......OHHHHHHH but wait we have to take care of NASA.I forgot how important it is for this government to find out WHO IS SCRATCHING THE ASS IN MARS.    
WoopyGoldbergsHair
The point is that the tax increase will effect everyone, and people who were getting healthcare for free, now are being "taxed" because they are going to now have to pay for it.
SobawRF
Wow, you are SO wrong EVERYONE has to buy insurance from somewhere according to the ACA. Even if your employer offers insurance you still pay a premium (guess you never had a real job or you would have known that). Yes, the gov't is going to control the payments to doctors/hospitals. Yes those payments will be lower. You want to know what that is going to do? It is going to discourage the best and brightest from going through the YEARS AND YEARS of schooling and residency to be top notch! 
razzle nipper
ABORT OBAMACARE NOW!
BRADLEY OBBINK
KEVIN WE ARE CLOSE TO GOING BROKE. AND YOU WANT TO JUSTIFY SPENDING MORE MONEY ON A PLAN THAT REALLY IS NOT TOTALLY FIGURED OUT I SAY. YOU AND EVERYONE THAT SUPPORTS IT YOU PAY FOR IT. YOU GOT PEOPLE THAT AGREE WITH YOU. DON'T ASK THE AMERICANS TO GET INTO A PLAN THAT WILL CRUMBLE BEFORE IT EVER GETS OFF THE GROUND. MY FEELINGS NO INSURANCE NO HOSPITAL . YOU GO TO A CLINICAL HEATH CARE PLACE. SAVE MONEY. THEN GO FEMA CAMPS THEIR THE GOVERMENT CAN CONTROL PRICES AND IF NOT BLACK BOX.
DominatingNA
Thankfully, you're right.
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