Health care reform Archive

Busting a Health Care Reform Myth: Penalties Can’t Be Recouped With a Lien on Your House

A false Facebook post is making the rounds claiming that if you don’t pay the penalty for not buying health insurance, the IRS can file a lien against your home. The health care reform law requires individuals who don’t...
October 23, 2013

This is It: Open Enrollment Starts Today

Today is October 1, a big day in the world of health care reform. That’s because today’s the day the online state health insurance exchanges launch. What are the health exchanges? They’re online marketplaces—one for each state—where consumers can...
October 1, 2013

The 3.8% Tax Is Not a Real Estate Transfer Tax

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Shortly after the federal government enacted sweeping healthcare reform earlier this year, there was considerable concern over a last-minute addition to the legislation: a 3.8 percent tax on investment income of upper-income...
November 24, 2010

Did the ‘Tea Party’ Cause the Health Care Reform Bill to Pass?

By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Did the “Tea Party” movement, famously opposed to government influence in economic matters, inadvertently help push the health care reform bill through? That was what Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee Chair,...

Health Reform Is Gaining: Are You Covered?

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Few legislative efforts in Washington are more complicated than health care reform. The legislation that’s now under debate in the Senate is more than 2,000 pages long (2,074 to be exact). Given...
December 3, 2009