Choose – Healthcare or Jail

For quite some time now I have been arguing against all the Democrat proposed Health Care Reform Bills. In each Bill, and as a total philosophy of the concept of Government-run health care, there are multiple issues that limit freedoms of Americans to choose, lower the quality of care received, and expand the power of the Government while bankrupting us financially.

One of the consistent features of every Democrat promoted Health Care Bill is the thought that health care insurance MUST be mandatory. The reason given is that this will create a reduction of cost for all Americans. It is completely debatable if such cost savings would ever occur, and the proposals that increase competition and potentially lower costs without Government intervention have been unanimously rejected by Democrats.

But there is another facet to the feature of mandatory health care that Democrat politicians and the major media fail to discuss with voters. The results if an American does not accept the mandatory conditions, if the current proposals were accepted.

The most common result is a penalty being placed on the individual American. That penalty has generally been identified as a fine. The amount has ranged from a fixed dollar amount from $1500 – $2500, to a 2.5% tax added to the American in question. This is a huge sum for many Americans, especially during a time of increasing unemployment and may be worse in coming inflationary times.

But this is not the only penalty. Because there is the question, that none in the media have asked, that I am aware of, which would be what if the person in question fails to pay the penalty for not taking the mandatory health care? The current proposal from Sen. Baucus (Democrat) is the first that I am aware of to address this question.

The answer is that the person in this situation would be fined $25,000 and/or placed in jail for a year.

Take a moment to think about that. Especially if you are a person between the ages of 18 -30, the group of Americans most likely not to have health care coverage as they are the group least requiring health care. If the factors of low income and work instability are added in – as this age group is the most likely to change jobs several times and have massive income swings as they finish their educations and try to establish their work careers – then this becomes a more likely scenario.

In effect, the majority of people to suffer either penalties for not having mandatory healthcare are those 18 – 30. Thus they would owe an additional 2.5% to taxes for the Government (a tax hike far from any definition of rich) and would incur another $25,000 to the Government. Or our jails could swell with an influx of these offenders.

So even while students in college, or searching for a job in a difficult or bad economy, one of the driving forces of our economy would be placed under extreme pressures. Which says nothing of the burden they will be experiencing at the same time as Social Security fall into deficit and/or bankruptcy, Medicare costs continue to rocket upwards, and the national debt impacts their lives (which will be almost exponentially higher according to President Obama’s own figures).

This is the nature of the health care proposals that the Democrat leadership in Washington D.C. has sworn and threatened to pass. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have continuously stated that they will pass legislation on health care no matter the opposition from Democrats or Republicans, not to mention American citizens that overwhelmingly oppose the legislation. Pelosi and Reid, among other top Democrats, are constant in their attempts to discredit anyone that opposes their plans for health care.

So I again ask you my readers, why would you want to re-elect politicians that do not share your views. That are unwilling to compromise or adjust their proposals. That discount any concern or question posed to them. That even unwilling to answer direct questions about health care, even to the point of avoiding the public itself.

Are these politicians really the best choice for America? Are people like Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, Rep. Hinchey (all in favor of Health Care Reform proposals currently in debate, all unwilling to discuss the issues with the public, all refusing to answer questions mailed and emailed to them, and several willing to support groups like ACORN while various Agencies of the Government cut ties with that same organization) really worthy of re-election in 2010?

I’d suggest considering it now, because if they are re-elected and the Health Care Reform Bills are passed in present form, you won’t be able to do anything about it in a jail cell or as you have to sell your house to pay the Government penalty.

About the Author

Michael Vass
Born in 1968, a political commentator for over a decade. Has traveled the U.S. and lived in Moscow and Tsblisi, A former stockbroker and 2014 Congressional candidate. Passionate about politics with emphasis on 1st and 2nd Amendments.

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