The Jim of the United States

No Healthcare? No Freedom

Posted by TheJOTUS on November 6, 2009

Well, it looks like Stretch Pelosi’s scheduling of the PelosiCare/ObamaCare vote this weekend has taken a bit of a hit.  At least for a few days anyway.  She apparently doesn’t have the votes needed to carry it through.  So she gets a little more time to send Dominic and Guido out to rough up a few more people votes.

The delay might have to do with the fact it is a 2000 page bill and nobody has actually read it.  Including Mcbotox Pelosi.  Or the 2 trillion plus price tag.  Or maybe the 10% unemployment.  But I am guessing mostly it is because it’s just a shitty bill.

But then we get this little nugget of potpourri:

Today, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released 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 clear that Americans who do not maintain “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.

I don’t see a problem with that……do you?  How about a few excerpts:

“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]

Hmmmmm.  How about a few more:

“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]

Interesting.  I seem to remember someone saying something about no taxes…or whatever:

Everyone in America…everyone…will pay lower taxes

I can make a firm pledge.  Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.  Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capitol gains tax, not any of your taxes

You.  Lie.

You know, several years into the future, I expect historians to write a fairly dismal account of the Obama era, with specific emphasis on the seemingly bottomless incompetence and remarkable tone deafness of a congressional leadership that couldn’t read a newspaper let alone the mood of the electorate.


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