Senator John Ensign (R-NV) requested clarification from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold concerning penalties for non-purchase of health care at a cost of $1900. The handwritten confirmation from Barthold via Politico and Gateway Pundit:
Dear Senator Ensign,I'm sorry, but the government I know cannot compel free citizens to buy cheese let alone health insurance. If the threat of a $25,000 penalty or one year in jail (federal prison) doesn't convince people of the nefarious nature on Lord Obama then just sing sing the praise songs and drink the kool-aid.
Sec 7203 of the Code provides that if there is a willful failure to file, pay, maintain appropriate records and the like that the taxpayer may be charged with a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to $25,000 and not more than one year in jail.
Thomas A. Barthold
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