Sarah Palin: ObamaCare Hurts Parents of Special Needs Children


By Sarah Palin

We haven’t forgotten Obama’s mocking of the Special Olympics a few years ago on Leno’s show. And now we see how his signature legislation hurts parents of special needs children. I guess it’s easier to mock our kids than respect them and level the playing field for their productive lives, eh, Mr. President?

From The Daily Caller

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” will make it more difficult for parents of special-needs children to pay for tuition at special schools and to purchase medical equipment, according to a new report.

More than 30 million Americans place money into a pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA) through their employers to help save emergency funds to pay for their families’ medical costs. Obamacare institutes a brand new $2,500 cap for FSAs, which will make more money taxable and could raise $13 billion in taxes for the federal government over the next decade.

“Before Obamacare passed, there was no limit to how much money you could put into your FSA at work,” Ryan Ellis, tax policy director at Americans for Tax Reform, told The Daily Caller. Ellis was inspired to perform research on the issue after hearing the complaints of a friend with a special-needs child.

“Most people don’t, but the one group that does put a lot of money into their FSAs is parents of kids with Down Syndrome, and parents of kids with physical disabilities,” Ellis said.

“Currently, if parents send their kids to a special school, the tuition is considered a qualified medical expense that can run through your FSA. If you have a kid who needs a durable piece of medical equipment that’s not covered by insurance, you can run that through your FSA,” Ellis said. “If FSAs had any limits before Obamacare, those were determined by the employer. The IRS had nothing to do with it.

“Obamacare creates a new $2,500 cap for FSAs,” Ellis continued. “That’s not going to affect most people, who just put in enough to pay for eyeglasses or dental work. But the one group that is being restricted is parents of special-needs children.”

Ellis said this technical change will add massive costs for parents.

“A big chunk of the tuition parents paid for special-needs schools used to be on a pre-tax basis. Now, they’re paying on an after-tax basis,” Ellis said.

The early intervention program at the National Child Research Center, an independent preschool in Washington, D.C., costs more than $14,000 per year and a more immersive program costs more than $26,000.

The White House did not return a request for comment.


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5 responses to “Sarah Palin: ObamaCare Hurts Parents of Special Needs Children

  1. Martin Bensky

    People who don’t have health insurance through their employer currently get screwed the same way. It would be simple for Congress to fix that oversight, but don’t hold your breath.

    • Gary P Jackson

      The ONLY way to fix the problem is for government to get out of the way, and let the free market work!

      Two important fixes the government COULD do, but never will. One is tort reform. A significant amount of every dollar spent on healthcare goes toward “defensive medicine” procedures, tests, etc, all designed to cover the doctor’s or hospital’s butt in case of a lawsuit.

      Texas used to be the ambulance chasing lawyer capitol of the country. We reformed our laws. We made it a lot harder for crooked layers and dishonest people to operate. We reduced the amount of many juries could award, as well as amounts anyone could be liable for.

      Since doing this, over 10,000 doctors have moved to Texas. Texas is a hospital state. I’m alive today thanks to the reforms, and the quality of care I get. My hospital has it’s own health care plan, it’s rated better than most, including brands you’ve likely heard of, and it’s very affordable.

      The second thing is even simpler. Allow insurance companies to sell across state lines, making it a true free market. It worked with car insurance! There are some states that only have 1 or 2 carriers! That’s insane.

      The answers are simple. Not all easy, but simple. Taking government out of the equation is the key though.

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