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Old 11-11-2009, 11:08 PM
h20power h20power is offline
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Looks like I will have to start looking for another country to call home for this one doesn't want me any more!

Originally Posted by rickoff View Post

The Pelosi Obamacare bill has passed by a narrow margin in the House of Representatives, and now we can only hope that the Senate will reject the bill. Healthcare insurance is something I have always carried, and was glad I had it a few years ago when my wife had an emergency appendectomy. The total bill for that was about $13,000 and insurance paid for all but about $400 of that. Still, if I socked away the same amount of money each year that I pay for health insurance, and put it in a emergency savings account, I'd be further ahead in the long run and the money would be available for medical care when needed. I don't think that those who live healthy lifestyles should be forced to pay for the medical care of those who don't, but that's exactly what will occur if this bill passes the Senate. And those who refuse to pay for mandated insurance will face stiff fines and time in jail.

The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation reported that the House version of the healthcare bill specifies that those who don't buy health insurance and do not pay the fine of about 2.5 percent of their income for failing to do so can face a penalty of up to five years in prison!
The bill describes the penalties as follows:
* 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]

That anyone should face prison for not buying health insurance is simply incredible. Just another example of the police state being foisted upon us.

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