Kindle Fire HD app now available

I’ve now created a version of the ObamaCare: Do the Math app for Kindle for those who may not have an iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet but do have the Kindle Fire HD (what a great excuse for me to buy a Kindle!). BTW, the Kindle uses the Android operating system, just not the latest version.

Porting to the Kindle presented a different problem because the Kindle has no virtual ENTER key to press after you input the amounts in the app’s calculators. So I had to use a different method for capturing the keystrokes.  Some different javascript (fire off a script on “keyup”) and it worked fine.  In fact, I liked the new method so much that I retrofitted it to the iPhone and Android versions.

Next I’ll be creating an iPad version of the app and testing it on my iPad 2. (It’s possible that I have enough toys now . . . Nah!)

Let me know if you like the Kindle version!


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This post was written by Daniel on March 16, 2013

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iPhone app updated! Android app now available!

I finally got around to updating and greatly expanding this app.  Version one only performed the calculation for the Obamacare tax when you sell your home.

Version 2 adds the following

  • Details on Obamacare benefits
  • Discussion of all tax implications
  • Information on State Insurance Exchanges
  • Net Investment Income tax calculator and Additional Medicare Tax calculator

Also, I created the corresponding Android app for those who don’t have iPhones or who just want to use the app on their Android tablet (I tested it on my really cool Nexus 7).

Next I’ll be creating a Kindle Fire HD version of the app and testing it on my Kindle Fire HD, but that’s a few weeks away.

Let me know if you like the latest version and if you want specific enhancements!

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This post was written by Daniel on March 1, 2013

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ObamaCare iPhone app now available!

Finally got the iPhone ObamaCare app “Approved for Sale” by Apple. But the app is really FREE!   Look to the left of this post and you’ll see the ad in the left sidebar.

The app answers the question: will you have to pay a special investment tax to support Obamacare when you sell your home?

The answer is probably not, but the calculation is complicated . . .

The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act imposes a tax equal to 3.8 percent of the lesser of
(A) net investment income for such taxable year, or
(B) the excess (if any) of the modified adjusted gross income for such taxable year, over the threshold amount . . .

What does all that mean? Despite all the dire predictions, it doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily going to pay this tax when you sell your home. It depends on your adjusted gross income, your IRS filing status, whether or not you’ve lived in that home as a primary residence at least 5 years, and the profit, if any, that you make when you sell that home. It’s pretty complicated, but this app performs the calculations for you and estimates your bottom line.

The first version of this app only addresses the Investment Tax. Future versions will address other benefits and costs of Obamacare for individuals and small businesses.

The tax calculated in this app is just an estimate. You should consult your tax attorney for the real numbers. And we can’t be held liable for any problems with your taxes.

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This post was written by Daniel on September 1, 2012

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This site and its accompanying iPhone Apps are intended to educate the public by explaining the detailed features and the planned implemention of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR3590) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010  (HR4872), together popularly (or unpopularly) called “Obamacare”.

Now that the Supreme Court has declared the constitutionality of Obamacare, it’s time to move forward.

Most people (myself included) are confused about what Obamacare will do, how it will be implemented, how much it will cost.  We’ve all heard the scary stories about the death panels (invented and popularized by Sarah Palin), bankrupting the country, and other dire predictions, but what is the truth?  Is it really going to be that bad, or are there actually some good things that will come out of Obamacare?

Again, most people have not read the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Reconciliation Act, but are merely repeating what they have heard from liberal journalists like Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell or from conservative entertainers like Rush Limbaugh (can’t really call him a journalist).

Anyway, on this blog we’ll try to present a liberal-conservative balanced explanation of Obamacare.  I’m sure you’ll let us know if we’re succeeding or failing at that!



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This post was written by Daniel on July 6, 2012