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  •  States can opt out of the minimum requirements (0+ / 0-)

    but I think the people would be quite upset when they got the tax penalty because they can not opt out of paying the tax "penalty"...

    •  They only pay that penalty (0+ / 0-)

      if they end up needing health care & don't have insurance. My understanding is that the gov't won't go out looking for people to fine for non-compliance.

      (Check me if that's wrong.)

      Reality has a well-known liberal bias -- Stephen Colbert

      by ItsaMathJoke on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 08:08:35 PM PDT

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      •  I thought it was all done at tax time, as it is (0+ / 0-)

        here in MA. You get a tax form from your insurer that basically allows you to check off that you were insured for that year. So if you file taxes and don't fall under the income limitations, I would think that is when they'd assess the penalty. The IRS would have no way of knowing when you needed care.

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