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Pelosi Creates New Class of Criminals

Pelosi's New CriminalsSING SING, NY: With the House’s passage of the health care bill late Saturday night, Nancy Pelosi and her cohorts on Capitol Hill have discovered a new breed of criminal, the uninsured. Although unrecognizable based on race or gender, there are other ways to spot these reprobates. They are often young and healthy, and if you should happen to spot one at a doctor’s office, you will notice that they pay for their visit with cash.

Do not be fooled by their docile appearance, the uninsured are a threat to the American society, and a threat that Rep. Pelosi takes seriously. So much so that on page 297 of H.R. 3962 Section 59B. “TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE”, the bill mandates that those without acceptable health care coverage will incur heavy fines and jail time.

PELOSI: Buy a $15,000 Policy or Go to Jail: According to Rep. Dave Camp, ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Americans who fail to maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage”, and choose not to pay the bill’s individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to criminal fines of up to $250,000, and imprisonment of up to five years. Rep. Camp stated that “This is the ultimate example of the Democrats’ command-and-control style of governing – buy what we tell you or go to jail.” (House Ways & Means Committee.)

Who would have thought that the day would come, when Big Government would command its people to open up their wallets to purchase insurance. President Obama tried and failed to make an analogy that a requirement to buy health care is no different than a requirement to buy automobile insurance. The President’s analogy fails because one may choose not to own a car and therefore exempt themselves from the insurance requirement. But the same is not true under the bill passed by the House. The only way to exempt oneself from the requirement to purchase “acceptable” health care coverage is to lay down one’s own body, permanently.

If you are asking the question, “How is it that Congress can mandate a requirement that every American citizen purchase health insurance?”, you’re not alone. A reporter recently questioned Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, where in the Constitution is Congress granted the power to enact individual health care coverage?” Pelosi’s answer: “Are you serious? Are you serious?” At which point Rep. Pelosi moved on to another reporter with more accommodating questions.

Nancy Pelosi may believe that it is ridiculous to question Congress’ ability to enact law under the Constitution. But for this writer and millions of Americans, it is no laughing matter. Whenever Congress acts to limit free choice, freedom is diminished and liberty is lost. Today you are free to choose whether to forgo health insurance at the risk of becoming ill and facing financial ruin. It may not be the best choice, but nowhere in the founding documents exists a prerequisite that one must make the best choice, else forgo freedom. The absence of choice is tyranny, and with the passage of the House’s health care bill late Saturday night, American citizens have lost the ability to make a choice.

Editor’s note: If you wish to view the version of H.R. 3296 currently released it is available from the House website here: H.R. 3962. Being 1990 pages long it will crash your browser. It is best to right-click on the document and save to the desktop for offline viewing. (Your browser is not the only thing this bill will crash.)

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  1. November 9th, 2009 at 12:02 | #1

    House Dems exerted their absolute control over Americans with the phrase, “Acceptable Coverage.” They will decide what is acceptable, and they are free to change their definition at any time to suit any purpose.

  2. Sam S
    November 9th, 2009 at 18:04 | #2

    I did not believe it until I saw it… Sure enough, page 297 has it there. “‘‘SEC. 59B. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE.”

    I didn’t believe it.

  3. November 10th, 2009 at 21:59 | #3

    Obama stated during during an interview October 9, 2009 on ABC news, “There is nothing wrong with a penalty. Penalties are appropriate for people who try to free ride the system and force others to pay for their health insurance.” By “people” he must mean taxpayers. The 30% of Americans who are not taxpayers but are on the dole (i.e. Obama voters) are surely exempted.

  1. February 5th, 2010 at 13:39 | #1
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