Yes you read that right. Under Obamacare you are forced to buy it. If you don't you can be fined. Now we know that if you don't pay the fine, jail awaits you!
Truly, you can't make this stuff up. It comes down to this. Americans who fail to pay the penalty for not buying insurance would face legal action from the Internal Revenue Service, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.
Senator John Ensign (R-Nev - pictured left) wanted to know what that meant and so he asked a question of the committee's Chief of Staff - Thomas Barthold and was shocked when he received the answer in a hand written reply. The answer is simple. Pay up the fine or face prosecution from the IRS. This can be a fine of up to $25,000 and a year in jail.
You can see a copy of the actual note by CLICKING HERE As you can see, he signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold."
Apart from being shocking, this answer blows up the President's continuing claims that the individual mandate penalty, which could go as high as $1,900, is not a tax increase.
The Senator pushed the line of questioning, he later explained, because neither he nor Americans that he had spoken to, believed there was a provision in the Constitution that allowed the Federal Government to mandate that you and I buy health insurance!
"We could be subjecting those very people who conscientiously, because they believe in the U.S. Constitution, we could be subjecting them to fines or the interpretation of a judge, all the way up to imprisonment," Ensign said. "That seems to me to be a problem."
It seems like a problem to me too John, but the problem does not end there. It would seem that the Senator's colleagues don't agree - refusing to sign on to an amendment to dump the mandate.
Not surprisingly, all the Democrats voted in favor of keeping the mandate and perhaps even less shocking is that Republican Olympia Snowe (Maine) also jumped on board. Someone needs to explain to these people that we have a little document that I like to call "THE CONSTITUTION" and that if they don't want to abide by it, then get the heck out of OUR CAPITOL! In case they haven't read it recently, here is a link to the entire thing!
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