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Congressional budget analysts are now estimating that nearly 6 million Americans - most of them in the middle class - will have to pay a tax penalty for not getting health insurance once President Barack Obama's health care law is fully in place.
That's 2 million more than a previous estimate found, or a 50 percent increase. The average penalty will be nearly $1,200.
Starting in 2014, the new health care law requires virtually every legal resident of the U.S. to carry health insurance, or face a tax penalty. The Supreme Court upheld Obama's law as constitutional after finding that the penalty fell within the power of Congress to impose taxes.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said today the penalty will raise $6.9 billion when fully in effect in 2016.
If they don't have the money to buy a policy, how will they have the money to pay the fine? Personally, I find this an UN-Constitutional and unconscionable power grab. I will not comply. This government has now lost all semblance of legitimacy in my eyes.
Originally posted by syrinx high priest
that's the idea
now they will buy a policy and be a part of the "law of large numbers"
Originally posted by blacko
I cannot afford insurance, so the government assumes I have an extra $1,200 to throw at them? Makes perfect sense.
Originally posted by Miri08
Well, I lost my insurance in 2008, don't qualify for Medicaid (even though we are under the federal poverty line), can't afford to buy insurance and can't afford the fine so I guess they can go to you know where or they can throw me in jail and pay for my housing and meals.
The minimum amount — per person — will be $695 once the tax is fully phased in. But it will be less to start. The minimum penalty per person will start at $95 in 2014, the first year that the law will require individuals to obtain coverage. And it will rise to $325 the following year. Starting in 2017, the minimum tax per person will rise each year with inflation. And for children 18 and under, the minimum per-person tax is half of that for adults.
Originally posted by DustbowlDebutante
reply to post by Miri08
And hey, if they throw you in jail for not buying insurance or paying the penalty, not only will they be paying for a roof over your head and your food, but you will also get free healthcare! Someone please tell me how THAT makes any sense?!?
The law prohibits the IRS from seeking to put anybody in jail or seizing their property for simple refusal to pay the tax. The law says specifically that taxpayers “shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty” for failure to pay, and also that the IRS cannot file a tax lien (a legal claim against such things as homes, cars, wages and bank accounts) or a “levy” (seizure of property or bank accounts).