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  •  Your argument is flawed. (0+ / 0-)

    The penalty in the individual mandate will not be paid by everyone, which you imply with your talk of taxes and wars, etc.

    Those who already have insurance through their employer will not pay a penalty.

    Those who qualify for the expanded Medicaid program will not pay a penalty.

    Those who qualify and are subject to the mandate will receive a subsidy in the form of tax credits to help them offset the cost of their insurance premiums.

    Those who can afford to purchase insurance but refuse to do so will pay a penalty.

    SCOTUS held that the government can assess this penalty under their taxiing authority, much like paying a penalty for filing your taxes late. They basically said that you are not required to do anything. You can buy insurance and pay lower taxes, or don't buy insurance and pay higher taxes. The only thing you cannot do is refuse to get insurance and not pay the penalty.

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    So the next time someone plays Chicken Little, simply ask them if they currently have health insurance. If the answer is yes, tell them the mandate will have no bearing on them at all. They will not have to pay any penalty or new tax.

    "The biggest threat to America today is not Communism. It`s the turning of this country into a Fascist Theocracy and everything that`s happened during the Reagan Administration has put us right down that pipe!" - Frank Zappa, 1986 CNN Crossfire

    by Lauren Lunt on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 02:15:51 AM PDT

    •  I think your post is excellent! (1+ / 0-)
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      Killer of Sacred Cows

      Wish I had written that, as it reflects my sentiments exactly.
      Would you allow me to send this to my local (right wing) newspaper as a LTE? Not that it would get published, but anyway.

      Even though I am disappointed at some of his actions, I am thankful every day that Barack Obama is President and not George Bush and certainly not John McCain.

      by gritsngumbo on Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 12:39:12 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you. And yes, you may... (1+ / 0-)
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        Killer of Sacred Cows

        send it to anyone you like, repost it, etc.

        "The biggest threat to America today is not Communism. It`s the turning of this country into a Fascist Theocracy and everything that`s happened during the Reagan Administration has put us right down that pipe!" - Frank Zappa, 1986 CNN Crossfire

        by Lauren Lunt on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 01:47:32 PM PDT

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