Claim: A new ad airing on KLAS-TV Channel 8 from Americans For Prosperity, an Arlington, Va., organization that advocates limited government and free markets, states: "Obama's health care law is actually one of the largest tax increases in history."
Verdict: Misleading. The ad comes on the heels of the controversial 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in which Chief Justice John Roberts, siding with the majority, declared that the health care reform law pushed by congressional Democrats and signed by President Barack Obama is constitutional. He argued that the mandate in the law that levies fines on individuals who don't have health insurance represents a tax increase that Congress can approve.
Part of what makes this ad misleading is that the mandate only applies to people who don't have health insurance. If you are insured, you won't be paying any new fine or tax. The liberal blog ThinkProgress, quoting from the Washington think tank Urban Institute, estimated that only 2 percent to 5 percent of Americans would be impacted by the mandate. The blog also stated that the fine would amount to either $695 or 2.5 percent of household income for those who remain uninsured and aren't exempt based on income levels. Others have also argued that the fines from the health care reform law fall considerably below a series of tax increases that have been approved since World War II.