RNC Tax Attack Goes Too Far | FactCheck.org RNC Tax Attack Goes Too Far An RNC Web ad claims Democrats would tax ordinary wheelchairs. Not true. September 29, 2009 Updated: Sept. 30, 2009 Bookmark and Share Summary The Republican National Committee claims in a new Web ad that Democratic health care plans propose taxes on "charities and small businesses. A doctors tax. Taxes on your health insurance. Even a tax on medical supplies." Its perfectly true, as the ad says, that "hundreds of billions" in taxes are being proposed spread over 10 years. But the ad exaggerates and misleads in a number of ways: * It makes a downright false claim that ordinary wheelchairs would be among "medical supplies" subject to a proposed tax on manufacturers and importers. Thats not true: Wheelchairs and roughly half of all other medical devices would be exempt. (When we pointed this out, an RNC official said the ad would be modified, however.) * It features a proposed tax on medical laboratory services that has already been dropped. * The alleged tax on "charities" is actually a proposed limit on federal income tax deductions for charitable gifts by individual taxpayers in the highest brackets, not a tax levied directly on the charities themselves. * Similarly, the "small business" tax also refers to a proposed tax increase on individuals making more than $280,000 a year ($350,000 for families), only some of whom own small businesses. The vast majority of small-business owners dont bring in enough to be affected. The ad claims "your health insurance costs will skyrocket," but independent experts disagree. The head of the Congressional Budget Office says the biggest tax proposed in the Senate Finance Committee plan, for example, would reduce health care spending, because it cuts a tax incentive that encourages spending. this IS a non partisan site dedicated to inform people on the truth.