Thursday, July 02, 2009

Dems: No Health Care Insurance to be Federal Crime

Here's a health care idea - anybody who does not buy health care insurance will be put to death. Too serious? Penalty doesn't fit the crime? Maybe. How about go to jail? Still too much? How about this - $1000 fine? Still too much? But, that is exactly what Congressional Democrats are proposing. Not buying health care insurance should be a crime punishable under federal law.

Americans who refuse to buy affordable medical coverage could be hit with fines of more than $1,000 under a health care overhaul bill unveiled Thursday by key Senate Democrats looking to fulfill President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the fines will raise around $36 billion over 10 years. Senate aides said the penalties would be modeled on the approach taken by Massachusetts, which now imposes a fine of about $1,000 a year on individuals who refuse to get coverage. Under the federal legislation, families would pay higher penalties than individuals.

In a revamped health care system envisioned by lawmakers, people would be required to carry health insurance just like motorists must get auto coverage now. The government would provide subsidies for the poor and many middle-class families, but those who still refuse to sign up would face penalties.

Called "shared responsibility payments," the fines would be set at least at half the cost of basic medical coverage, according to the legislation. The goal is to nudge people to sign up for coverage when they are healthy, not wait until they get sick.

In a statement, Obama welcomed the legislation, saying it "reflects many of the principles I've laid out, such as reforms that will prohibit insurance companies from refusing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and the concept of insurance exchanges where individuals can find affordable coverage if they lose their jobs, move or get sick."
Nudge?! This isn't a nudge. It's intimidation, it's coercion, it's scaring the crap out of freeborn Americans to kowtow to an all pervasive evil federal nanny state.

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Indigo Rose said...

The doctor I go to, an East Indian/Bahai,had a practice in England for a while. He said that doctors had license plates stating what their specialty was; that way a person could walk up to them on the street and "make a deal". He left England for many reasons, but one of them was because he felt everyone had a right to health care when it was needed. He came to the U.S. and trained in Chicago. He has been my doctor for over 20 years and the only time I haven't gotten the "best of care" is when the insurance company has told us which hoops to jump through before finally allowing what needed to be done to begin with.

Tom said...


It is amazing that Social Security was originally an optional program, i.e., people didn't have to participate. Now you can go to jail if you don't pay into the system.