Obama Sticks It To the Middle Class With New Obamacare Tax on Dental Braces

Getting braces hurts more than it used to thanks to Uncle Barack.

Obama stuck it to the middle class again by taxing braces and limiting the cap on Flexible Spending Accounts.
The new Obamacare regulations will affect middle class families making just over $53,000 the most.
Americans for Tax Reform reported

In 2013, the tax increases in Obamacare will increasingly conspire against kitchen-table family healthcare decisions.

As just one example, below are some of the taxes that will impact the purchase of dental braces:

Obamacare Medical Device Tax: As of Jan.1, Obamacare imposes a new tax of 2.3 percent on medical device manufacturers, including those who make dental braces. The tax is imposed on gross sales — even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year. While the tax will be paid to the IRS by the manufacturer, the tax will be passed along as a higher cost of the product, ultimately to be borne by the parent buying the braces for their child. With the cost of braces being as high as $7,625 this new tax could raise the cost of these braces by $175.

Obamacare Flexible Spending Account Cap:
As of Jan. 1, the 30-35 million Americans who use a pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA) at work to pay for their family’s basic medical needs face a new government cap of $2,500. This will squeeze $13 billion of tax money from Americans over the next ten years. (Currently, the accounts are unlimited under federal law, though employers are allowed to set a cap.) A parent looking to sock away extra money to pay for braces would find themselves quickly hitting this new cap, meaning they would have to pony up some or all of the cost with after-tax dollars. Needless to say, this tax will especially impact middle class families.

Obamacare “Haircut” to the Medical Itemized Deduction: Faced with higher prices for braces and a reduced ability to pay for them with their FSA, parents might decide to deduct the cost of braces on their tax returns. Unfortunately, Obamacare makes this harder, too.

Before Obamacare, Americans facing high medical and dental expenses were allowed a deduction to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI). As of Jan. 1, Obamacare imposes a threshold of 10 percent of AGI. Therefore, Obamacare not only makes it more difficult to claim this deduction, it widens the net of taxable income.

According to the IRS, 10 million families took advantage of this tax deduction in 2009, the latest year of available data. Almost all are middle class. The average taxpayer claiming this deduction earned just over $53,000 annually.

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  • saveus

    Now that they voted him in he can screw them again and again.

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  • chris

    The government will tell you what you can spend your money on. That is the new way. Social Justice implemented one medicine cabinet at a time.

    Face it…you are an American and obviously you are too stupid, selfish or rich to be allowed to keep your money and spend it. Give it to DumBHO and he will tell you how it can best be spent to address all societies ills and restore fairness to every action – heathcare, gun owneership, education, banking, food, energy…ther is a grand plan and those who toe the line will get their begging bowl topped up.

    Why, just look at those average Englishmen who rely on their perfect, “free” healthcare system. Who needs a dentist when you can go years with skragged yellow teeth that are falling out? It just isn’t part of the plan…of couse, the politicians will still make sure they have gold plated plans..can’t go before the tel[rompter to lecture the serfs with crooked teet.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    You get what you vote for…

  • Shelley Goldstein

    Braces are a luxury and shouldn’t be taxpayer funded.

  • Finncrisp

    In WVA there will be a “hole tax” for missing teeth. Braces unknown there and it is only fair that they contribute…

  • cavt

    The tax is on sales and not profit!! Wow…that is worse than normal. So the mfg could be losing money and still have to pay a tax. This really functions like a VAT.

  • Aaron

    Obama makes me so mad! Rich people pay a lower effective tax rate than I do! If you need more money, OH-DUMBA, take it from them!

  • Adi

    This is the Affordable Care Act, you know that thing who was not going to raise taxes and be affordable.

  • bigL

    I notice that the regime is not calling it the “Affordable Care” Act anymore. Not the regime ,not the talking heads, not the Quslings elsewhere…

  • Patty

    The United States of America and its people cannot afford Obamacare. But who cares what I say.

  • Finncrisp

    What will be taxed next? snore guards, Hurry canes, Dr. Scholl’s heel cups – where does this end!

  • Jenny

    Yep, hitting my family hard, the $2500 cap will cover our deductibles with little to spare. With a disabled child, the rest will be used well before the end of first quarter. After that there’s more tax break on healthcare expenses.

  • GotFreedom

    Braces aren’t the only thing being hit by this ridiculous law. . .took our daughter to the dentist; she had to have sealants put on her back molars (a procedure she’s been getting done since her adult teeth came in to protect them against cavities because they have such deep grooves in them). . .dentist told us that this procedure is now being taxed as a “medical device”–WTH??? They spread an eraser size amount of a clear gel on each tooth and then stick an ultraviolet blue light in her mouth for a few seconds to dry the stuff–this is worthy of an additional tax–highway robbery is what it really is on the part of the most corrupt regime in the history of our country.

  • GotFreedom

    #5 January 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm
    Shelley Goldstein commented:

    Braces are a luxury and shouldn’t be taxpayer funded.

    Braces are not always a “luxury”. . .we had a choice between having our daughter wear braces or have her jaw broken to surgically correct her bite. . .who in their right mind would agree to having a child’s jaw broken when there’s a better option? Having braces was not a “luxury”; they were a necessity (which we completely paid for).

    I do, however, agree with your assertion that braces should not be “taxpayer funded” for anyone. . .we are so sick and tired of having to pay for everyone else when we have to live on a budget to save to pay for our own children’s needs.

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  • siren1873

    Braces are not a luxury. What a stupid comment. My 5 year old has to go in because her new adult teeth are coming in toward the back of her gums. If we do not get this fixed her next adult tooth will do the same. It will get worse. So our dentist told us this is a necessity to get this fixed. It is not a LUXURY. She has no room for her adult teeth to come in. And now thanks to Obamacare it will cost more.

  • Child King Barry

    Not one dime!!! Tee-hee.
    Jeeb, I can get away with anything. Good times, good times.

  • greenfairie

    Braces hurt? Well, if you are one of His Lordship Bloomberg’s serfs in NYC, His Lordship will decide just how much painkillers you’re going to get:


    “You’re going to have to suffer a little bit.”

  • Lim Lynn

    I thought Braces is to straighten any crooked teeth. Now what going to happen next after limit braces teenagers and painkillers for the elderly .