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WASHINGTON (AP) — The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that cold fact in its new pitch for health law sign-ups.
...in 2016, the penalty for being uninsured will rise to the greater of either $695 or 2.5 percent of taxable income.
Marketing usually involves stressing the positive. Rising penalties meet no one's definition of good news. Still, that may create a new pitch:
"Given that the penalty is larger, it does make sense to bring it up more frequently," said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, a liberal advocacy group. "It's an increasing factor in people's decisions about whether or not to get enrolled."
This year was the first time the IRS collected the penalties, deducting them from taxpayers' refunds for the 2014 tax year in most cases. Some 7.5 million households paid penalties totaling $1.5 billion, an average of $200 apiece, according to preliminary IRS data.
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originally posted by: skunkape23
I don't know or care what "Obamacare" is.
I don't watch much television.
I'm going to be fined for not having health insurance?
Is that the basic idea?
If so, then screw the whole bunch.
I reserve my right to die as Nature intends.
I can set my own broken bones and stitch my own wounds.
If I need drugs, I can get them cheaper on the black market.
originally posted by: KawRider9
It's messed up. Last month I damn near chopped my finger off. I got 15 stitches and the bill was three grand.
originally posted by: Wardaddy454
originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: gladtobehere
Calm down....stop worrying. When Hillary is installed as Potus, single-payer will be put in.
You won't have to pay insurance premiums; you won't have health care that works, but at least you won't die broke!
Don't you mean Bernie?