Republicans lambaste ObamaCare tax glitch

Republicans are hitting the Obama administration for a new screwup that sent the wrong tax information to about 800,000 people.

Federal officials disclosed the tax glitch Friday, drawing a chorus of criticism from ObamaCare opponents.

"The Obama administration has built a healthcare law so complex, so confusing, and so costly that even they don't know how to properly administer it," Rep. Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackBottom line Overnight Health Care: Anti-abortion Democrats take heat from party | More states sue Purdue over opioid epidemic | 1 in 4 in poll say high costs led them to skip medical care Lamar Alexander's exit marks end of an era in evolving Tennessee MORE (R-Tenn.) wrote in a statement Friday morning.

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Officials said Friday that 800,000 people received a tax form that miscalculated the cost of subsidies by using the wrong benchmark plan information.

Andy Slavitt, the principal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), said Wednesday he couldn’t yet explain the error, adding that the administration remains focused on ensuring that "every Marketplace consumer understands how taxes and health care intersect."

The new tax problems under the Affordable Care Act give Republicans more ammunition against the healthcare law, which they have long argued is fatally flawed.

Top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments GOP senators worry Trump made 'problematic' concessions in trade deal MORE (Ky.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE (Wis.), have highlighted how tax season is becoming more complicated under ObamaCare.

"ObamaCare has consistently lived up to the warnings Republicans have raised: taxes, canceled plans, disruptions, higher costs, etc. Today’s double news dump is just another in a long line of ObamaCare consequences," Don Stewart, a spokesman for McConnell, wrote in a statement.

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This year marks the first time that people must factor in their insurance subsidies when filing their taxes.

The bad tax information sent by the CMS could cause some people to get incorrect refunds, though officials said the vast majority of people affected hadn’t yet filed their taxes.

Several Republicans took to Twitter to condemn the administration's latest ObamaCare screw-up.