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Massachusetts has begun imposing stiff fines on residents who, for whatever reason, fail to purchase health insurance.
The program is the enforcement end of the state's universal health-insurance plan – and the fees reach up to $912 a year.
The state health-insurance initiative, signed into law by former Gov. Mitt Romney, has been compared to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's national universal health-care plan – especially on the enforcement side.
The penalties apply to anyone deemed able to afford health insurance by the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, the state agency that oversees the entire program.
Originally posted by Tinhatman
Socialized healthcare just means the government controls it and "owns" it.
Mandating that someone MUST buy healthcare is not Socialized medicine due to the fact that some of the choices are privately owned. That is called Fascism. Or Corpratism. I prefer fascism, I think it is more accurate in this case.