This is one of those things that’s so simple we wonder why no one thought of it before.
Democrats deny it, but the way Nevada’s Republican Senator John Ensign read the ObamaCare bill, it requires every American to buy insurance, calls for a $1900 penalty for anyone who doesn’t buy insurance, and then calls for a hefty fine on anyone who doesn’t pay the penalty.
So Ensign solved the disagreement simply by asking Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold to confirm his interpretation. Barthold responded with a handwritten note that said:
“Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty.”
It’s a good thing that budget cuts are forcing states to release prisoners early, because they’re going to need the empty cells to house all the ObamaCare debtors.