Politifact: The ACA is NOT the biggest tax increase

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    Jun 28, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    Just a reminder from last year:
    http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2011/feb/14/rick-scott/rick-scott-says-health-care-bill-biggest-tax-incre/The health care-related tax increases are smaller than the tax increase signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and a temporary tax signed into law in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. And they are significantly smaller than two tax increases passed during World War II and a tax increase passed in 1961.

    The tax increases in the health care legislation do reverse a trend of federal tax cuts and represents the first significant tax increases since 1993. But for Scott to suggest they are the largest in U.S. history is inaccurate. We rate this claim False.
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    Jun 28, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidJust a reminder from last year:
    http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2011/feb/14/rick-scott/rick-scott-says-health-care-bill-biggest-tax-incre/The health care-related tax increases are smaller than the tax increase signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and a temporary tax signed into law in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. And they are significantly smaller than two tax increases passed during World War II and a tax increase passed in 1961.

    The tax increases in the health care legislation do reverse a trend of federal tax cuts and represents the first significant tax increases since 1993. But for Scott to suggest they are the largest in U.S. history is inaccurate. We rate this claim False.


    Wrong. This was written by Politifact based on the assumption that the individual mandate was a mandate - not a tax. But what the Roberts court and ruling has made clear is that while the government can't force you to purchase a good or service you don't want, they are able to tax you if you don't. And it is this combination that makes the ACA the largest tax increase in history for the US (though I would point out that they did the calculation in relative terms - I wonder even before the mandate was ruled a tax whether or not it was the larges in absolute terms).
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    Jun 28, 2012 10:57 PM GMT
    OK, my fault. Here's the updated version--it's not just false, it's pants on fire.
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/jun/28/rush-limbaugh/health-care-law-not-largest-tax-increase-us-histor/
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    Jun 28, 2012 11:07 PM GMT
    Keep this link handy to repost. I can promise you there's at least one member of the RJ conservaposse who'll be making these false Republican tax claims in the days ahead.