“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]
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]
These people literally have never cracked the seal on a copy of the Constitution. In fact, I'm so confident that this would be declared unconstitutional that I am pledging that if I'm ever in a position to do so, I will do whatever it takes to commit "felony willful evasion" and let the chips fall where they may.
In response to the JCT letter, [ranking member of the House Ways & Means Committee Dave] Camp (R-MI) 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.”
Sometimes I post the things I write over at Open Salon just to get a reaction from more left-leaning type of folk. Just today, in response to an assertion I made that liberals are never in their right mind, I was treated to a comment giving me the dictionary definition of "liberal", part of which is "favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties."
I have to wonder how this provision, a near absolute in Pelosi's mind, squares with that commenter's perception of what it means to be "liberal". My guess is that it's perfectly OK to toss Conservatives in jail; we ain't people like they are.