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Obamacare: Buy or go to jail

Obamacare: Buy or go to jail

As we now know, one of the mandates under the current health care proposal in Congress is that individuals must have insurance or pay a fine, which will be enforced by the IRS. Guess what happens if you fail or refuse to pay that fine:

“The debate over whether the federal government should require all Americans to carry health insurance is heating up.

The latest spark is a letter that Thomas Barthold, the chief of staff to the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, sent Thursday to Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.

Given that the health-care bill written by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus contains a $1,900 fee (or excise tax) for not buying health insurance, Ensign wanted to know what would happen if an American didn’t pay the penalty.

In a handwritten letter, Barthold told Ensign that under an existing provision of the Internal Revenue Code, willful failure to pay a fine can result in being charged with a misdemeanor which could carry a penalty of up to $25,000, or up to a year in jail, or both. The handwritten letter was a follow-up to an answer that Barthold gave Ensign during Thursday’s mark-up of the Baucus bill.”

Buy health insurance under the requirements set forth by government bureaucrats under ObamaCare or go to jail.

Source: United Liberty

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