Renee Ellmers should give the truth a try

There are certainly differences between Democrats and Republicans and the philosophies they espouse. For example, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico makes many Republicans more likely to support offshore oil drilling.

But instead of deliniating the differences between herself and Bob Etheridge, the Renee Ellmers campaign is running a lie factory out of Dunn.

Rob Schofield recently debunked her absurd claim that President Obama is giving away cell phones to welfare recipients.

Now Ellmers makes this claim:

Under Obamacare there’s the new tax on health Insurance benefits. That’s right, you pay a tax (of 40%) if you receive health insurance benefits worth more than $10,200. Everyone pays the new tax with one exception: Union members. They’re exempt from the tax until their benefits exceed $27,500.

So, now, we have two tax codes. One for union members. And another for everyone else.

Huh? There is a high cost health plan tax that was originally dreamed up by Republican administrations. The tax is introduced in 2018 on plans valued at more than $10,200 for an individual or $27,500 for families. The threshold is indexed to inflation.

Union members are not exempted from the policy. The difference in the thresholds is the difference between self-only and family coverage.

I hope the Ellmers campaign will tell us a bit about her philosophy. She might want to write more than two sentences on her tax policy. Or she could give us more than three sentences on how the nation should fight terrorism.

Instead of pure misinformation, perhaps she could share a little insight.


  1. Dave Bagger

    May 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Actually, she is correct. As amazing as it may sound, the unions are exempted from the tax. One tax code; two different classes of people under the code. More, actually, but in this particular case, Unions are exempted.

  2. gregflynn

    May 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Obamacare May Saddle Union Workers With High Costs

    “What they originally got was a complete carve-out because you didn’t have to pay this tax if you had a collectively bargained insurance plan,” says Curtis Dubay, a senior tax policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.

    But the law’s language appears to have diluted the deal and made it possible that some union workers will become subject to the tax when it takes effect in 2018, Dubay tells Newsmax.

    The law defines a high-cost healthcare plan as one that costs more than $10,200 for an individual, or $27,500 for a family, and does not mention collectively bargained healthcare plans.

    The law’s provision restricting the exemptions to those of retirement age and those in “high-risk” occupations means union workers in less hazardous occupations could still potentially get hit with the tax unless Congress amends the law or repeals it.

    The definition of a “high-risk” profession likely will be left up to the regulators, says Ryan Ellis, tax policy director with Americans for Tax Reform.

  3. Adam Linker

    May 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm


    I’m pretty familiar with the language of the bill. The difference she points out is the difference between individual and family coverage — not union and non-union.

    There are also some differences for older workers and those in high risk professions because health plans will still be somewhat age rated.

  4. James

    May 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    God forsaken Republican liar. Either that or dumb as a stump.

  5. AdamL

    May 11, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Just to be clear — older employees and those in high risk occupations aren’t exempted. There is just a higher threshold for those workers.

  6. north state politics

    May 12, 2010 at 10:26 am

    That’s right Adam, and my understanding is that the tax is applied only to the amount of the coverage above the thresehold.

    Where do they come up with these silly notions?

  7. Adam Searing

    May 12, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Yes, Dave, you might want to read the law. If you feel you don’t have time to read the main parts that include the tax provisions (it really isn’t that big a part of the longer bill), there are great summaries out there, especially at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation – http://www.kff.org

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