Oops. Democrats confirm that you’ll be fined up to $25,000 if you don’t buy ObamaCare insurance

by editor on September 28, 2009

John Ensign asked the question and most Americans aren't going to like the answer

John Ensign asked the question and most Americans aren't going to like the answer

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.

Source: Politico.com

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Mike September 28, 2009 at 4:35 pm

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You twenty somethings that voted for hope and change; ENJOY! Not only will you be under employed and under payed, you’ll be charged with a misdemeanor and fined or possible jailed, Why? Because you think government should be running health care, talk about stuck on stupid.

theallmightyq September 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm

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Now now, it’s not fair to blame Obama on the twenty-somethings. It’s not all their fault. I know plenty of people who were supposed to be older and wiser that voted for him and are STILL on the “just give him a chance” wagon. Besides, what got him elected was a little thing called “white guilt”.

More on-topic; it’s nice to know that when the health care bill passes that I’ll have a roof over my head and three meals a day, because there isn’t any way in hell I can afford to pay for insurance or those fines. Lol.

Mike September 28, 2009 at 11:36 pm

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^ Agreed, especially on the “white guilt.” My twenty something reference is to those folks who in their twenties have made the chose not to get health insurance. I myself did not get health insurance until I was in my 30′s, if I need medical attention I paid for it out of pocket. Saved a lot of money. Never thought I miss the good old days when we didn’t have to worry about our government taking away our freedom.

theallmightyq September 29, 2009 at 8:10 pm

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Sorry, I must have misunderstood what you typed. I’m on that bandwagon too; I never bothered with health insurance really until the past few years and after I had insurance benefits at a place that I worked for a while. And there really isn’t anything wrong with that, except now it’s way to expensive to pay for it “out of pocket”. The worst part is that the problem is completely fixable, but they don’t seem to want to take any of the steps that would actually help because that wouldn’t add to the federal government’s power. Just one more thing to be frustrated about.

MiddleOfRoad September 30, 2009 at 3:13 pm

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Every reform, however necessary, by weak minds will always be carried to an excess, that itself will ultimately need reforming. Perhaps the hole and the patch should be commensurate.