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We've written earlier close ObamaPlan subsidy clawbacks:

"The IRS demanded John payback the subsidies he had already received ... In gild to pay dorsum what he owed John took out a 2d mortgage on his home."

John may lead maintain gotten off lucky. Thanks to longtime FoIB Joe Kristan, nosotros larn close the McGuires:

"In 2013, the McGuires had consulted amongst their nation ACA exchange, Covered California which determined ... they were entitled to an advance premium assistance credit of $591 per month"

[ed: APAC/APTC = subsidy]

They dutifully took CC's discussion for it, together with signed upward for a innovation amongst a $1,200 per calendar month premium [ed: redefining the term "Affordable Care" inwards the process], but for which they were solely responsible for close half. The other $600 came out of your together with my pockets.

It's critical to retrieve that this whole kerfluffle took identify inwards 2013, which, every bit regular readers volition recall, was Open Season v1.0. So what came side yesteryear side should come upward every bit no surprise:

The family's fortunes took a plough for the ameliorate subsequently inwards the year, when Mrs McG landed a chore that paid her plenty coin that it kicked the trace of piece of job solid unit of measurement out of the subsidy eligibility pool. Which they would lead maintain known if they'd bothered to read their mail...

Oh, wait:

"Unfortunately the McGuires never received the alphabetic lineament ... during Covered California's get-go opened upward enrollment period, Covered California was together with then busy that it was non uncommon that changes were non implemented."

Turns out, the trace of piece of job solid unit of measurement had moved, together with had been trying - unsuccessfully, it turns out - to notify the rocket surgeons at their state's Exchange. Since that never happened, they never got their letter. The termination of which is a rather hefty event of the aforementioned clawback:

"The IRS, of course, did know close the credit together with ... determined that [The McGuires] did non qualify for the $7,092 credit together with increased their taxation liability yesteryear that amount.  As is routine the IRS threw inwards an accuracy penalty."

Because of course of report they did.

The McGuires of course of report protested, but to piddling avail. The bottom trace is that, through no (apparent) mistake of their own, they're going to lead maintain to repay the $7,092 credit (but the punishment was waived).

But that's non actually the holler for of this post.


Well, it was of import to seat out the facts, but gets us solely together with then far ("necessary but non sufficient").

So, kudos to Mr Reilly for doing a slap-up chore explaining the who together with when, together with (to the extent possible) the why.

But I'm calling a flag on this play::

"I sort of object to the "Pay Back".  It implies that the McGuires received something." [emphasis added]

Um, Peter?

That's because they did; there's no "implication" about it. Plain together with simple. No i "earns" a subsidy, they're "eligible" for it. They don't fifty-fifty have to lead maintain it. This is the real definition of "relying on the kindness of strangers:" they are tax dollars paid for yesteryear thee together with me.

Or at to the lowest degree me.

'Nuff said.

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