At least two provisions in the House health reform bill are very troubling, the de facto repeal of Roe v. Wade and this. In a powerful post on the Welcome Back to Pottersville, poster Jurasicpork laid it out. This is as clear and logical a statement as I’ve seen on the utter contempt that Congress has for the people. We’re creating a new criminal class, people who can’t afford health insurance. The solution – fines and prison. All thanks to the Money Party which has reached depths previously unimaginable. Well worth a read. Michael Collins
From: Welcome Back to Pottersville blog. Posted by jurasicport
In the dead of Saturday night, the House passed their version of a health reform bill that, frankly, makes Max Baucus’ first health care proposal look like a bleeding heart liberal/socialist piece of legislation by conspicuous relief. One of the most alarming aspects of HR 3962, that passed 220-215 (219 Democrats and one Republican voted for it) are the purely evil sections 7203 and 7201. The less evil of these sections, 7203, calls for $25,000 in fines and up to a year imprisonment for “defying” the federal mandate for getting insurance. That’s the misdemeanor. The felony? A quarter of a million dollars in fines and up to five years in prison.
And those of you who are actually found guilty of the crime of not buying over $100 of health insurance every week will lose their jobs and earning potential. For up to five years, we will not be contributing to anything other than a prison economy. We will not be paying taxes. We will not be paying child support if we already are. And when we get thrown into the prison system, who gets to foot the bill for the health care that we’d defiantly refused to get?
Obama on Penalties – in general
“Under the House bill those who can afford to buy insurance and don’t’ pay a fine. If the refuse to pay that fine there’s a threat – as with a lot of tax fines – of jail time. The Senate removed that provision in the Senate Finance Committee.
“Mr. Obama said penalties have to be high enough for people to not game the system, but it’s also important to not be “so punitive” that people who are having a hard time find themselves suddenly worse off, thus why hardship exemptions have been built in the legislation.
“The President said that he didn’t think the question over the appropriateness of possible jail time is the “biggest question” the House and Senate are facing right now.”
Letter documenting tie in with IRS Code for penalties for those who don’t pay tax.
H.R. 3962. Title V – Amendments to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
One of the connections of the HR. 3962 to the IRS, which means IRS enforcement.
Specifics form letter in IRS code for those who refuse to pay the tax.
These are just some of the penalties regarding non compliance. There are more in the JCT document.
It’s all there.