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Baucus Bill Provides for $25,000 Fine and 1-Year in Jail For Not Buying Health Insurance

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Under the health care bill being considered in the Senate Finance Committee, Americans who fail to pay a penalty for not buying insurance could be charged up to $25,000 by the Internal Revenue Service or face up to a year in jail, according to congressional analysts.

That's just one of the concerns Republicans say the Democratic-run Congress is ignoring in the rush to pass legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system.

"The American people expect us to get this right and to do it in an open, honest and bipartisan debate. That's what they deserve," said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R_Ga., in his party's radio and Internet address Saturday. "But that's not what they're getting from the Democrats on Capitol Hill."

The Senate Finance Committee is the last of five committees to take up health care legislation, which tops President Obama's domestic agenda.

The committee chairman, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., negotiated with top Republicans for weeks before talks broke down. Baucus' bill leaves out a primary demand of many Democrats - a government insurance option - and it has a lower price tag than other Democratic proposals.

But the legislation includes an individual mandate penalty that could go as high as $1,900. Thomas Barthold, chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, told senators that the IRS could take legal action against those who fail to pay the mandate penalty.

In a handwritten note to Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., Barthold said violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty.

Isakson and other Republicans say the Baucus bill is too costly and would require too much government intrusion into the health care system. Only one Republican, Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, appears to be considering supporting it.

At its core, the bill is designed to expand health insurance coverage to millions of people who lack it, employing a new system of federal subsidies for lower-income individuals and families and establishing an insurance exchange in which coverage would have federally guaranteed benefits.

Insurance companies would be prohibited from refusing to sell insurance based on a person's health history, and limits would be imposed on higher premiums based on age.

Source:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/26/baucus-mandate-penalty-lead-prison-congressional-analysts-say/


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Added: Sep-26-2009 
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  • Yep, pay the $1,900 or go to jail and pay $25,000. Doesn't that make sense?

    Maybe for lunatics.

    But look at it this way. They'll get their healthcare behind bars.

    What a joke our Congress has turned out to be. What a shame.

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    • I think the 1900 is a fine if you dont buy it,then if you fail to pay the fine you can go to jail for a year and/or pay 25000.

      They can pass this if they want but they are asking for confrontation with this one.Same if they try to quarantine or force vaccinate us come October.

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  • Who the fuck do the Democrats think they are ? A majority of Congress, unfortunately, is made up of lawyers. Just where in the Constitution does it give the Government the power or right to fine citizens for not buying something ? These guys are becoming the laughing stock of not only America but the entire world with their continued incompetence. The whole health care scam is a hoax and a lie and now, by their own admission, the "Reform" they are force feeding us will only cover an More..

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  • And the underprivlidged pay for it how ? Our members of congress have just totally lost it ! I can't imagine any American being behind this MANDATE . Just try it ...

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  • they better get started building a bunch of new jails and prisons

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  • barrack hussain obama...ummm ummmm ummm.

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  • This seems heavy-handed and arbitrary.

    However, as fines go, there is some perspective here, if you like to smoke Cuban cigars:

    The Cuban Asset Control Regulation

    Code of Federal Regulations, section 515.101 et seq. vol. 19

    "The purchase, importation, transportation or otherwise dealing with merchandise outside the US if that merchandise is: (1) of Cuban origin; (2) is or has been located in or transported through Cuba; (3) is made or derived in whole or in part from articles which are More..

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  • Change(TM)!!!

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  • Yep...The Democrats are going to get kicked out in 2010.

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    • And you will whine until then which makes me very happy! :)

      Then you will whine some more when you realize the republicans are seen in an even worse light because of their obstruction and false claims.

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    • Actually it will be you who will whine and go crazy when the Republicans win alot more seats in 2010 to counter this liberal democrat non-sense, when lib dem media outlets like MSNBC go out of bussiness due to lack of viwers, and when Sarah Palin makes a spectacular comeback.

      The liberal democrats are on the run and are close to defeat.

      goodbye democrats!

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    • LOL!! Sarah Palin making a comeback.

      That Lipstick Dipstick is poison for anyone who gets involved with her. Most Republicans wont even talk about the Asshole from Alaska. I understand she just returned from palling around with Communists.

      Wheres the phoney outrage from the teabaggers? Oh thats right, they asked her to be their leader and she said she is too busy...LOL

      Close to defeat? On the run? Such the imaginary Fox world you live in. Where are they running?

      "when Sarah More..

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    • As if the Democrats have anything going for them right now. LOL

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    • When Sarah Palin was asked how did she like Hong Kong...she replied.... I liked the part where he climbs up the empire state building and swats at the helicopters!

      LOL that was on Bill Maher last night

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  • I'd like free market based reforms please.

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  • WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

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  • From wikipedia: "Baucus has a 74 percent pro-business voting record as rated by the United States Chamber of Commerce. He twice voted to make filing bankruptcy more difficult for debtors, once in July, 2001 to restrict rules on personal bankruptcy, and a second time in March 2005 to include means-testing and restrictions for bankruptcy filers."
    I find this ironic as Health-care costs are a leading cause of bankruptsy. First he supports the current system of health-care insurance and t More..

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  • They can't place everyone in jail you government whores.

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  • Baucus is doing everything he can to kill health-care reform just. He's collecting big bucks from the health-care providers and insurors to do just that!

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  • Baucus is a health-care industry whore.

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  • FFS! and let me guess some of you guys actually think Obama would pass such a thing... please.

    I dont get why people get all bent out of shape about what is PROPOSED.... until the final bill is out and made public, STFU about it.

    People who oppose this administration love to speculate their asses off. Then unfortunately, they spew out to whoever will listen their opinions about matters and incite unnecessary outrage.

    UGH! what a waste of time and energy

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    • Um...Obama doesn't pass anything. He signs after the House and Senate pass it.

      This is a senate proposal.

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    • please, that much information may make her head explode, she was obviously asleep in government 101

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    • Perhaps it would be helpful if details of the proposed reform were posted on the Internet (as promised) so that people could see for themselves and end the speculation.

      In any event, it is too early to howl, since the Congressional Budget Office has not put a price on the proposals, which are, themselves, not finalized.

      As both sides are "cherry picking" to suit their own points of view, the reality is down to it being deficit neutral. There was no equivocation from obama about that More..

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    • Very true. Like when a 9 year old girl kicks her teacher they scream race war.

      Like when they whine death panels.

      Like when they go to Fox sponsored and promoted Teabaggers events.

      Nothing but obstruction from the failures who brought us wars, torture, disgrace and a bad economy.

      What we have here is nothing but minority whiners. They are nothing and they know it. This is why they make empty threats about a revolution. They are the American embarrassments of the century.

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    • Well, the problem for them is that some Democrats are less fiscally insane than others, some are less socialist than others. The reason they're having problems is that they've got a lot of Dems who either don't agree with the nature of the reform proposals, or afraid that if they vote for it, they'll get voted out.

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