Jeezus Lord … *sigh*
No, you will not go to jail if you don’t purchase insurance, but what you WILL do is be fined if you DON’T PAY your taxes- if YOUR STATE EVEN BOTHERS TO OPT IN – and maaaayyyybe, go to jail if you CONTINUE to not pay your taxes.
So, essentially, what republicans on the floor raved about Saturday was taxes, not health insurance reform.
Also typically, they mislead those who don’t pay attention to make it seem as if those who can’t afford health insurance (those who would be given a hardship waiver) or those who simply refuse to because they don’t want it so are taxed and whiny will be rounded up and put in prison – which is totally untrue. Also, they AS PER USUAL fail to note that there is an OPT OUT provision for any state that wishes to do so … and they’ve made it clear they ALL wish to do so. (And, don’t all of us who don’t ‘pay income tax’ … and were disparaged last year … get a tax return anyway, refunding a bunch of our money back to us?) Therefore if this EVEN PASSES, they will be able to avoid this all together. To all of this I say what a bunch of HOOEY!
“… if and when Congress actually manages to pass a bill, the real action may well be in the states, which could have a surprising degree of autonomy in determining how they implement the federal legislation, and whether it delivers on the promise of curbing soaring costs and providing coverage for the nearly 50 million uninsured. Though most everyone recognizes that the Federal Government can’t impose a rigid approach …”
Give those states who wish to participate the opportunity to do so, keep your STUPID opt out, and then BUTT out! Really, isn’t this what Republicans have been proposing all all along, the ‘across state lines’ purchasing power? If that’s the case, well, those states who opt out can all band together and purchase health insurance from each other. Meanwhile, those of us who actually prefer a little reform can move to states that prefer the government option. Then, everyone is happy. Some have federally covered health reform and some don’t (which is dumb, but whatever).
Whatever passes or doesn’t pass, it BETTER NOT pass with this Stupak Amendment SH**!!