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).