Feds sent incorrect tax information to 800,000 people on ObamaCare
By Peter Sullivan and Sarah Ferris – 02/20/15 10:26 AM EST
The administration sent the wrong tax information to 800,000 people who have enrolled in ObamaCare, officials announced Friday.
The information used to calculate subsidies was wrong on about 20 percent of tax forms, an error that could delay tax refunds for thousands of people.
Administration officials stressed that the vast majority of HealthCare.gov customers received the correct forms, and White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the issue impacted “a very small fraction of people.”
But the tax glitch quickly provided new ammunition for Republicans, who continue to argue that the healthcare law is fatally flawed.
“Surprise, surprise, the Obama administration still does not have its act together,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote in a statement.
She said the new problems offer more proof that the IRS should be kept out of healthcare, and pledged to redouble her efforts to repeal the ObamaCare insurance penalty entirety.
“The Obama administration has built a healthcare law so complex, so confusing, and so costly that even they don’t know how to properly administer it,” Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) added in a statement just minutes after the error was disclosed.