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Sure smells like one

February 3, 2010 - Blaine Hyska
The president and congress are having a hard time pushing their health care plan.

There are several issues at stake — cost, accessibility, abortions, quality of care, type of care, etc.

Another challenge is mandatory coverage, or the forced buy.

One more government mandate, especially one that costs money, doesn’t sit too well with a lot of folks. Most health care proponents avid discussing the subject, but it appears as if the government is saying, “Buy health care, or else.”

U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak admitted as much at a meeting in Iron River recently.

When a senior citizen asked if everyone would have to purchase health insurance under the new bill, Stupak’s response was clear.

“Everyone’s got to contribute,” he said. When the little folks worry about the heavy-handedness of this proposal, their complaints are poo-pooed.

Those in the know — the Washington suits and the think tank experts — are quick to point out that individuals will not be arrested for refusing to buy health insurance.

If you don’t, the government will simply penalize you on your income tax, they say. See, you won’t be thrown in jail for not complying, they explain. I feel better already. But wait a minute.

If I don’t buy insurance, the government will increase my tax bill. And if I don’t pay the tax bill, the IRS will come after me.

The IRS has a pretty good track record on tax evasion convictions.

No jail time for refusing to buying health insurance? If that’s not a lie, it sure smells like one.


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