Claim: “‘If you are a family making less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes go up’…[promise] Broken. Obamacare raises 18 different taxes.”
Ad(s): Obama’s Promise (60 sec)
Sponsor(s): Crossroads GPS
Air Dates: May 17 – June 1, 2012
Total Estimated Spending On This Claim: $378,981 ($1,136,943 Total)
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FactCheck’s Summary: That’s almost entirely false. The truth is that Obama repeatedly cut taxes for such families, first through a tax credit in effect for 2009 and 2010, and beginning in 2011, through a reduction in the payroll tax that is worth $1,000 this year to workers earning $50,000 a year. And while it’s true that some tax increases contained in the new health care law would fall on individuals, they have mostly not taken effect yet and are small compared with the cuts the president already enacted. And this ad exaggerates them greatly.
And so we judge the Crossroads claim that this promise was broken to be mostly false, and its use of a $503 billion figure that is mostly to be paid by businesses and high-income individuals to be simply dishonest. Click here to read more
The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Summary: When the Crossroads GPS ad mentions the 18 taxes, it flashes the words “$503B between 2010 and 2019,” citing a Jan. 20, 2011, report by the Heritage Foundation. The clear implication is that all of these taxes hit Americans making less than $250,000. But if you look at Heritage’s chart, it’s clear that many of these taxes actually are aimed at the wealthy. And some of the other taxes are imposed on insurance companies and the like, which of course may pass on the cost of the taxes, but it is not a direct tax on a person…Crossroads GPS goes too far when it suggests that Obama has raised so many taxes, costing so much, on families making less than $250,000. By and large, such families have been spared most of Obama’s tax increases, and benefited from his tax cuts.
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Politifact’s Summary: The ad makes a sweeping claim about taxes that suggests broad increases. It says that the health care law raised 18 different taxes, citing an analysis from the Heritage Foundation. We know from our previous research on the law that it does in fact raise taxes. But when we looked at the issue in January 2011, we found only 13 measures that could reasonably be considered tax increases. (The other items were mostly new regulations.) Many of those taxes are aimed at health insurance companies, drug manufacturers, medical device makers or high earners, not people who make less than $250,000, as the ad says. (See our detailed list of taxes in the health care law.)When we looked at the list with the Crossroads statement in mind, we found only five taxes that might apply to individuals making less than $250,000. The Crossroads ad says Obama “promised” families making less than $250,000 a year would not see taxes go up, but “Obamacare raises 18 different taxes.”
Obama has increased a few taxes — on tobacco and tanning — that hit people making less than $250,000. But he also gets credit for tax breaks for workers, most notably a payroll tax holiday that is still in effect.
The Crossroads ad wrongly implies that people of modest means are getting hit with 18 tax increases because of the health care law. In fact, most of the taxes in the health care law are on high-income individuals or the health care industry. We rate their statement Mostly False. Click here to read more
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