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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Government Run Health Care or Jail?

According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, an individual who fails to pay the penalty for not buying health insurance will face action from the Internal Revenue Service. On top of the penalty for not buying insurance, which could be as much as $1,900 (but it's not a tax), violators could face a $25,000 fine and one year behind bars. From Politico.com.

Under questioning from Sen. John Ensign(R-Nev.), Barthold said the IRS would "take you to court and undertake normal collection proceedings."

Ensign pursued the line of questioning because he said a lot of Americans don't believe the Constitution allows the government to mandate the purchase of insurance.

"We could be subjecting those very people who conscientiously, because they believe in the U.S. Constitution, we could be subjecting them to fines or the interpretation of a judge, all the way up to imprisonment," Ensign said. "That seems to me to be a problem."

Ensign's argument, however, wasn't persuasive to the committee -- which rejected an amendment from Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) to eliminate the individual mandate.

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) was the only Republican to vote with Democrats to preserve the mandate.

So, if you do not have a health care plan, the government is going to make you buy one, whether you want to or not. If you do not buy a heath care plan, the government will fine you up to $1,900. Not just any plan mind you, you have to buy a government approved plan. If you already have a health insurance plan, but it is not a government approved plan, you will have to purchase an approved plan or be fined. So much for "if you like your health care plan you can keep it". Liars!

In either case, if you do not do as the government commands, you will be fined, and if you refuse to pay the fine, the government will charge you with a misdemeanor and penalize you further with more fines and possible jail time. What started out as a means to help the 49 million uninsured in America has taken on a life of it's own, and is now mutated into a way for the federal government to inject itself into the lives of every American with respect to health care.

Americans will no longer have the right;
  • to choose to buy health insurance or not.
  • to choose the health care plan that we think is best for our needs.
  • keep the plans and doctors that we already have.
  • reap the rewards of youth or healthy living by virtue of the fact that payments for coverage will be far more than the actual services received.
  • to choose high deductible coverage even if we can afford it.
Of course, if you choose not to give up these rights, you can go to jail, where you will have free room and board, free health care, and free cable TV, all on the tax payers dime.


Pricilla said...

Just a comment on "reaping the rewards of youth and healthy living"

I was 36, very healthy and fit and it was discovered that I had a brain aneurysm.

You cannot control all aspects of your health no matter how carefully you eat or how much you exercise.

da patriot said...

While that is true Pricilla, many people now enjoy the right to make those decisions for themselves. This is as it should be. It is not the governments job to decide what is best for me.

Tina said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Pure insanity!

I do not have health insurance and rather enjoy the freedom that comes with it. I can pursue the types of treatment that I choose. What about natural medicine? We never hear any mention of that.

This whole thing just really freaks me out, and it seems we're bound to have some real negative things to deal with pretty soon.

Pricilla said...

But, had I not had insurance the taxpayers would have had to pick up the expense for my surgery.

How is that fair and equitable?

I could not have afforded the close to $750,000 worth of bills that came with it.

I did nothing to cause it.

No way could I have done fundraisers to source that kind of money.

So no matter how you look at some arguments the taxpayers end up paying for others' heath insurance.

Cancer is another disease. Not all cancers are caused by lifestyle decisions...

Tina said...

Are you not a taxpayer? I know I am, and my money goes for all kinds of things that I have no control over. I, personally, think that the whole, "taxpayers would have to pick it up", thing just doesn't hold any water.

Z said...

I'd LOVE to have a little chat with Olympia Snowe long about now, wouldn't you?
THIS IS ALL NUTS. SO many rights are being taken away......doctors threatening to leave the field, scare tactics, etc etc.
yet, there IS no bill yet...the biggest scare is that THE ONE's people will not even LET US SEE WHAT"S IN IT! And people are accepting THIS?
The media's gone .... freedom's almost gone.