If I was asked to write a caption to the penalties included in Pelosi’s Abomination, I’d write this:

Pelosi to America: Do as you’re told or we’ll ruin you financially.

Thanks to Rep. Dave Camp’s press release, which includes the Joint Committee on Taxation’s (JCT’s) letter, we now know that the penalties for not complying with Speaker Pelosi’s tyrannical demands are astronomical:

In response to the JCT letter, Camp said: “This is the ultimate example of the Democrats’ command-and-control style of governing: buy what we tell you or go to jail. It is outrageous and it should be stopped immediately.”

Key excerpts from the JCT letter appear below:

“H.R. 3962 provides that an individual (or a husband and wife in the case of a joint return) who does not, at any time during the taxable year, maintain acceptable health insurance coverage for himself or herself and each of his or her qualifying children is subject to an additional tax.” [page 1]

“If the government determines that the taxpayer’s unpaid tax liability results from willful behavior, the following penalties could apply…” [page 2]

“Criminal penalties

Prosecution is authorized under the Code for a variety of offenses. Depending on the level of the noncompliance, the following penalties could apply to an individual:

• Section 7203: misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

• Section 7201: felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.” [page 3]

WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! Pelosi is a tyrant. She’s telling America that we must do what she says or we’ll be prosecuted, with the very real possibility of getting ruined financially by the federal government. This isn’t a dictatorship!!! Just because Speaker Pelosi is acting like it is doesn’t make it so.

It’s now vital that We The People reject Speaker Pelosi’s tyrannical demands. This is the opposite of what the Founding Fathers envisioned when they fought for independence. In fact, I suspect that they’d be leaders of the TEA Party protests if they were living through this type of tyranny.

I suspect that they’d be standing with people arguing that the federal government doesn’t have the constitutional authority to impose these mandates on people, that the Tenth Amendment prevents that constitutionally.

If the bill’s provisions were enacted, here’s what we’d have to deal with:

According to the Congressional Budget Office the lowest cost family non-group plan under the Speaker’s bill would cost $15,000 in 2016.

As long as we have the ability to get to Capitol Hill, we should be fighting Speaker Pelosi and her corrupt minions over this legislation because it’s evil. Yes, you read that right. This legislation, especially the penalty provisions, are EVIL!!! Anything that tells We The People that the government, whatever the level, can tell us that we must purchase things that we don’t want to buy is evil. It’s a GIGANTIC STEP towards a Soviet style command-and-control economy.

Speaker Pelosi needs to hear from everyone across the nation that we’re rejecting her tyrannical legislation, that they work for us and that we’ll take our deep disgust out on Democrats across this nation. We should make clear that passing the Democrats’ legislation will lead to a mass termination of Democrats next November. We should emphatically tell Speaker Pelosi AND HER MINIONS that they’ll face a political earthquake next November the likes of which will make Virginia’s elections look like a minor tremor.

Yesterday, Byron York wrote that Democrats are more afraid of Speaker Pelosi than their constituents. That dynamic must be flipped on its head ASAP. It’s time that the Democrats knew with unflinching certainty that they’re acting against the will of the people and that their actions will carry with it a termination notice next November.

That’s the only right course of action to take when our liberties are being stripped away by a tyrant like Speaker Pelosi. Speaker Pelosi and her Democratic minions are waging war against the American people. If it’s war they want, then war they will get.

UPDATE: Ed NAILS IT in this post:

The radical nature of the bill has finally become clear. The Democrats most at risk have begun peeling away, abortion vote or no abortion vote. They have to win re-election in less than a year, and this will be Exhibit A for their Republican challengers looking to paint them as big-spending statists more interested in bullying their constituents than listening to them.

Don’t be surprised to see more Democrats start to jump overboard this weekend. Steny Hoyer didn’t think he had the votes yesterday, and the longer this goes, the fewer he will wind up having.

Ed’s exactly right. I referenced Byron York’s article where he said that moderate Democrats were more afraid of Speaker Pelosi than they were of their constituents.

I think that just changed with this information getting out. If people don’t get upset to the nth degree, then they’re comatose.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

8 Responses to “Do As You’re Told Or We’ll Ruin You Financially”

  • eric z. says:

    At least now you are talking about something essential, and not about how public option would swamp private insurers because they would be unwilling to compete and because they pay their top people obscene amounts of money, divide markets, and have exorbitant featherbedding “marketing” costs – what beyond lobbyist and campaign contributions that means is unclear to me – but your crying towel about those rapacious people being squeezed out – most would say sooner rather than later.

    Now you are looking at something that people should care about, how things might be worse instead of better.

    I realize the insurance maggots, excuse, I meant magnates would care about your earlier arguments, but now you are talking to a public that might not say, “Good if it really happens,” to what you are saying now.

    But you KNOW the smoke and mirrors show really will make things more profitable for those who buy influence, and you KNOW any “public option” will be a tiny fig leaf to cover a naked sell-out to insurance and other vested interests.

    That is the argument you now are making Gary, and you can dissemble if you care to, but the force is to be exerted to do what other than force people into buying coverage under terms that will be industry set [i.e., rapacious] vs. government set [where the industry would be more on regular payments to the politicians instead of having gotten an up front total sale].

  • eric z. says:

    fyi – Gary, there was a range of reasons some voted against HR. 3962

    And it’s been said each Senator and each Rep is a law unto himself or herself – the party can whip, but it cannot nail dissenters.

    The most cogent voice of opposition I have seen, this link:

    http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentPrint.aspx?DocumentID=153995

    The hypocrisy of others, voting both ways, is exposed. It was an industry bill and only BS thrown against the wall (and most sticking) created any viewpoint that it was not.

    It is a disgrace.

  • Gary Gross says:

    At least now you are talking about something essential, and not about how public option would swamp private insurers because they would be unwilling to compete…

    It isn’t that private insurers won’t compete against the government. It’s that the government just prints money or raises taxes to artificially compete with private insurers. Let’s see how they’d compete if they couldn’t raise taxes & couldn’t print money to float their monopoly.

    This bullshit that government can do things better is insulting. This morning, Tim Kaine talked about the predatory tactics that insurance companies engaged in in turning down claims. What the idiot doesn’t talk about is that Medicare turns down more claims than any private insurance company. Where’s the outrage over THEIR predatory business practices? When you start answering those substantive questions, then let’s talk.

    As for the insurance industry making a 2.2% profit industry-wide, I’ll ignore the Democrats’ claims that they’re evil. QUESTION: Why do Democrats have a problem with people making money? Bill Clinton understood the importance of the private sector. President Obama thinks of the private sector like a collection of maggots, kinda like you think.

    NEWSFLASH: Capitalism is the worst economic system except all others. It’s what made America the world’s economic powerhouse. TRY IT SOMETIME!!! You might just like the results.

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