I Exist Therefore I Must Pay

We all remember Barack Obama’s early selling points for government supervised health care.  It was all about “helping” the unfortunate folks who were supposedly excluded from health care because they didn’t have an opportunity or the means to acquire health insurance.

Well, the Democrats don’t see them as victims any longer.  Now they’re seen as deadbeats who are “costing the system” by not insuring themselves. ObamaCare legislation includes:

a) Requirement To Maintain Minimum Essential Coverage-

An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for such month.

Note that this requirement that every individual acquire health insurance would begin two months after the 2012 election, when Obama hopes to win a second term, partly because we voters are expected to  have accepted, and even come to appreciate ObamaCare.  And, “minimum essential coverage,” includes all the coverage mandates that the legislation empowers the Secretary of Health and Human Services to determine, through political processes, will be required.

Next the legislation imposes a financial penalty on anyone who doesn’t have insurance every single month:

(b) Shared Responsibility Payment

    ‘(1) IN GENERAL- If an applicable individual fails to meet the requirement of subsection (a) for 1 or more months during any calendar year beginning after 2013, then, except as provided in subsection (d), there is hereby imposed a penalty with respect to the individual in the amount determined under subsection (c).

    ‘(2) INCLUSION WITH RETURN- Any penalty imposed by this section with respect to any month shall be included with a taxpayer’s return under chapter 1 for the taxable year which includes such month.

    ‘(3) PAYMENT OF PENALTY- If an individual with respect to whom a penalty is imposed by this section for any month–

‘(c) Amount of Penalty- $750…

ObamaCare assigns to the IRS the role of enforcer, making sure every last citizen pays his monthly bill to a health insurance company, every month.

(c) Notification of Non-enrollment- Not later than June 30 of each year, the Secretary of the Treasury, acting through the Internal Revenue Service and in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, shall send a notification to each individual who files an individual income tax return and who is not enrolled in minimum essential coverage (as defined in section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986).

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  3. The Anti-Conservative on March 23rd, 2010

    the goal from the beginning was to bring everyone into the system. People who refuse to pay their fair share and expect the rest of us to pay for them to go to emergency rooms have been getting a free ride.

    This bill is good for all of us. It’s good for America. It’s the change a majority voted for.

    You Conservatives lost. You’ll keep losing. Your version of America where only the rich live a decent life is dead.

    The people spoke in 2008 and the people won on Sunday. Learn to accept it.

  4. Drew on March 23rd, 2010

    LOL The Anti-Conservative sounds like The Neanderthal.

  5. Heidi on March 24th, 2010

    To the anti-conservative: I am a conservative who thinks that anyone who has visited a third world country would be greatful to live in a country that has the freedom to choose their own health care and to spend our own money how we deem fit. This is a country where even the “poor” of America are much better off then the majority of the world. If my children’s Dr. doesn’t perform well, I want the choice to switch Doctors. Do you think that is going to happen easily under Obamacare? It’s about the choice and the freedom. Also, the federal government has not had a good track record of handling money AT ALL. They think they know how to spend our money better then we do, and they are forcing us to “give”. To me this is true greed. I feel dissapointed with how Republicans did pretty much nothing to fix our current healthcare troubles, but seriously…lets fix the problem without giving up the freedom that our forefather’s fought so bravely for as well as subscribing to a “quick fix” that is only going to bankrupt America in the end.

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