That is a question which may eventually make its way to the Supreme Court of the United States for as the debate on how to make sure that all Americans have access to affordable health care rages on the debate on whether or not the government can force people to buy into it has really yet to begin. But one thing is for sure, the heavy hand of government that is exercised in current government run health management and care reform measures is so heavy handed that clearly neither our Constitution or our nation’s founding principle of freedom are being considered.
Case in point. Republican Senator John Ensign asked the Joint Committee on Taxation’s chief of staff, for the committee’s assessment of taxes and penalties relating to pending health care reform legislation. He received a handwritten response from the JCT’s Chief of Staff Tom Barthold, as seen in the above photo, that read as follows:
Dear Senator Ensign;
Section 7203 provides that if there is a willful failure to file, pay, maintain appropriate records and the like that the taxpayer may be charged with a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 25,000 and not more than 1 year in jail.
Thomas A. Barthold
Felony tax evasion provides for restitution and fine for up to 100,00.00 for an individual and up to five years in jail.
I once brought up the fact that what must worry people even more than what Democrats put in health management and care reform legislation is what they don’t put in the bill. This reference was made in regards to the question about whether or not illegal immigrants would be eligible to participate in any government run healthcare program. Before that question was raised, excluding illegal immigrants was not mentioned.
In this case, the Democrat’s constitutionally questionable health insurance mandates would bring into play, the aspects of other existing laws which are not addressed in the existing health care legislation. Those aspects include steep fines and even the specter of imprisonment that could be imposed on anyone who fails to abide by any government mandate that seeks to force one to buy health insurance.
A very large can of worms has been opened up here ladies and gentlemen. The rush to ram through unconstitutional legislation has ramifications far beyond those which have already been discussed. Will there be a proper discussion of these new facts before Democrats “go it alone” and pass a bill that will not improve healthcare in the United States but could seek to coerce people into buying insurance against their will through fines as much as $100,000.00 and imprisonment for as much as five years?