One of the stated reasons wealthy American colonists revolted against King George was that they were being subjected to ‘confiscatory’ taxation without representation. Nor were they offered any meaningful process for redress of their grievances, no way to have their concerns heard and their honest grievances dealt with. Government secrecy and lack of voice in governance are vexations members of a democracy are not supposed to endure.
A transparent democracy is the best cure for citizen misery, knowing who to contact to solve a problem. Mr. Obama constantly and correctly reminds us of the importance of transparency in a healthy democracy (even as he does things like classifying the Senate Report on Torture for twelve additional years under the Presidential Records Act — see, and, and). * A transparent democracy is what the Founding Fathers set up, for members of their social class. The rest of you bitches? Go talk to King George.
No requirement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for a grievance procedure? Not a problem, bitch. Just keep quiet, you’ll be dead soon enough, shhhh, shhhhh…. no reason to get excited. If you had any power, we couldn’t treat you this way. Be reasonable, little n-word.
If you’re skillful enough, and manage to choke down your rage and describe the situation coolly enough, maybe you can write something the New York Times will run in the back of their paper of record. There, there.
Obamacare subsidy income limits
Premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions have different income limits based on the federal poverty level (i.e., poverty guidelines). They are as follows:
- Premium tax credits: 100 – 400 percent of the federal poverty level
- Cost-sharing reductions: 100 – 200 percent of the federal poverty level
Your health insurance subsidy for the current year is based on the previous year’s federal poverty guidelines. That means 2017 subsidies are based on the 2016 federal poverty guidelines, which are available through the Department of Health & Human Services.
The 2016 poverty guidelines show that $12,071 is the poverty threshold for a one-person household. Based on these numbers alone, 100 to 400 percent of the federal poverty level for a single person would be $12,071 to $48,284. However, this person may or may not be eligible for a premium tax credit.
Please be aware that your subsidy eligibility may be impacted by the state you live in due to Medicaid expansion decisions and other savings programs available there. Furthermore, state benchmark plans (i.e., the second lowest cost silver plan) can also impact subsidy amounts and eligibility. You can estimate your premium tax credit using online calculator tools such as the one available through healthedeals.com.
* The New York Times editorial board weighs in on declassifying the now secret 6,700 Senate Torture Report and Senators Levin and Rockefeller ask Obama, who they quote as saying: “one of the strengths that makes America exceptional is our willingness to openly confront our past, face our imperfections, make changes and do better” to do the right thing.