Diary

Speaker Says: Buy $15K of Health Insurance or 5 Years in Jail!

Dave Camp, ranking Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee, today released a letter from the Joint Committee on Taxation revealing that the Pelosi health care bill currently being forced to the floor for a vote (H.R. 3962) includes a penalty of imprisonment of up to five years, and fines of up to $250,000 for failure to maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage.

And what exactly is acceptable health care coverage in Nancy Peolosi’s Brave New America?

Well, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the lowest cost for a non-group family insurance plan under the provisions of Speaker Pelosi’s bill would be $15,000 a year in 2016. The bill requires that coverage include all individuals (or married couples, if filing jointly) at a rate of 2.5% of their income. It also requires a similar level of coverage for each of their children.

The Senate version of the bill removed the jail-time penalty, but keeps in the fines. Speaker Pelosisi obviously feels that more coercion than simply a quarter of a million dollar fine is necessary.

If you were wondering if it is important to be in Washington tomorrow to be part of the Second Health Care “House Call” on Washington…now you have another reason why it is important. And if you needed any more reasons to call the Representatives most likely to need reminders of why they should vote NO on the Speaker’s bloated, health care budget-buster…now you have 15,000 more reasons.

And if your Congressional Representative is on this list of people leaning no, wavering or having said they will vote no, then this weekend is a really good time to call them personally and tell them exactly how closely you are watching what they are going to do about Speaker Pelosi’s bill.

I’m in Asheville, North Carolina. Heath Shuler is my Representative. He’s been hearing a lot from me lately about how we are counting on the Blue Dogs keeping their word. And hearing what is going to happen to them in the next election if they don’t keep their word and vote No.

Go thou and do likewise. They need to hear from us enough to shut down their phone lines.