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Saturday, November 07, 2009 

Pelosi's affordable and responsible health care

What Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi thinks is affordable is a lie. In her mind a $15,000 a year bill is no problem for a family making $30,000.00 a year. Half your pay to health care is responsible, and that is before taxes. Oh yeah if you are not responsible she thinks government will make you responsible with jail time.

The oppressive morons in Washington just do not get it. This is not the reform we want. It does not come close to any sort of reform but a heavy handed tax and dictatorship of the once free American Citizenry.

Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released yesterday a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail. The JCT letter makes it explicitly clear that Americans who do not maintain what they (dems decide as)“acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

Key excerpts from the JCT letter appear below:

“H.R. 3962 provides that an individual (or a husband and wife in the case of a joint return) who does not, at any time during the taxable year, maintain acceptable health insurance coverage for himself or herself and each of his or her qualifying children is subject to an additional tax.” [page 1]
“If the government determines that the taxpayer’s unpaid tax liability results from willful behavior, the following penalties could apply…” [page 2]

“Criminal penalties

Prosecution is authorized under the Code for a variety of offenses. Depending on the level of the noncompliance, the following penalties could apply to an individual:

• Section 7203 – misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

• Section 7201 – felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.” [page 3]

Do you understand what this actually says? It says that if you do not buy the governments program (which will without a doubt put an end to private health insurance). You are going to go to jail. How many parts of the Constitution does this violate? What sort of Republic Democracy, one that we are supposed to be, supports such tyranny from its elected officials.

This is oppression right out of Cuba or any other third world dictatorship. This is what your "hope and change" President is pushing for. A mandated program that we cannot afford.

Even Economist think this plan is bad for the economy. From the Washington Post,
Martin Feldstein, a professor of economics at Harvard University, president emeritus of the nonprofit National Bureau of Economic Research, and chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1982 to 1984, writes that the Administration plan could "have the unintended consequence of raising health insurance premiums and causing a decline in the number of people with insurance":

A key feature of the House and Senate health bills would prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to anyone with preexisting conditions. The new coverage would start immediately, and the premium could not reflect the individual's health condition. This well-intentioned feature would provide a strong incentive for someone who is healthy to drop his or her health insurance, saving the substantial premium costs. After all, if serious illness hit this person or a family member, he could immediately obtain coverage. As healthy individuals decline coverage in this way, insurance companies would come to have a sicker population. The higher cost of insuring that group would force insurers to raise their premiums. (Separate accident policies might develop to deal with the risk of high-cost care after accidents when there is insufficient time to buy insurance.)

The higher premium level would cause others who are currently insured to drop coverage, pushing premiums even higher. The result would be a spiral of rising premiums and shrinking numbers of insured.

(the full column) Washington Post

If you think that it is just the rich that will be hit with the new health debacle taxes. Check out how many of them have more then enough money to pay. Even though they are excluded from the common working American family in having to settle for their proposed health care.

237 Millionaires in Congress.

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