David Gregory Apologizes For Mistake About Medicare Surtax Under Obamacare (VIDEO)

07/15/2013 04:13 pm ET

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David Gregory issued a correction about health care reform on Sunday's "Meet the Press."

Last week, the NBC News host erroneously claimed that "anybody who gets a paycheck in this country" now has to pay a Medicare surtax. He prefaced that statement by saying, "I don't understand all the ins and outs of the employer mandate and how that works," but added that he was sure about the new tax. The mistake was noted by the media watchdog group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting.

On Sunday, he walked that claim back. Gregory said:

We've been talking about Obamacare a couple of times during the program. I want to correct something that I said last week in our discussion about it. I made the observation that people getting a paycheck would observe that they were all subject to a Medicare surtax. I was not right about that.

The only people who are subject to it are those who make $200,000 or more, or a couple filing jointly making more than $250,000. That's the only time that that surtax applies. So I was mistaken in my conversation about that, and I apologize.

The new legislation levies a 3.8% tax on wages, as well as certain types of investment incomes, for high-earning filers. It is the first surtax on capital gains and dividend income, Reuters reported last year.

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