Friday, April 2, 2010
There Is NO Mandate!!!
This is huge.
One of the big complaint about the new healthcare reform bill is the mandate to buy health insurance. In fact, the republicans are running around decrying the massive increase in the IRS due to the additional enforcement required by this bill. There is only one problem. There is no enforcement provision in the bill.
Let me repeat that.
THERE IS NO ENFORCEMENT PROVISION IN THE BILL.
That means, in reality, there is NO MANDATE.
Here is what the bill actually says:
"In the case of any failure by a tax payer to timely pay any penalty imposed by this section such tax payer shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty with respect to such failure."
In other words, the penalty for failing to pay the tax if you fail to have health insurance is NOTHING.
Yes, the bill imposes a tax on you if you don't have health insurance, BUT if you don't pay the tax there is no consequence. Therefore, nothing will happen if you do not get health insurance and you do not pay the tax for not having it.
NOTHING! It is the law!
Here is Lawrence O'Donnell explaining it.