Under Baucus Bill, Mandate Penalty Could Lead to Prison, Congressional Analysts Say - Political News - FOXNews.com
Under the health care bill being considered in the Senate Finance Committee, Americans who fail to pay a penalty for not buying insurance could be charged up to $25,000 by the Internal Revenue Service or face up to a year in jail, according to congressional analysts.
That's just one of the concerns Republicans say the Democratic-run Congress is ignoring in the rush to pass legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system.
"The American people expect us to get this right and to do it in an open, honest and bipartisan debate. That's what they deserve," said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., in his party's radio and Internet address Saturday. "But that's not what they're getting from the Democrats on Capitol Hill."
The Senate Finance Committee is the last of five committees to take up health care legislation, which tops President Obama's domestic agenda.
The committee chairman, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., negotiated with top Republicans for weeks before talks broke down. Baucus' bill leaves out a primary demand of many Democrats -- a government insurance option -- and it has a lower price tag than other Democratic proposals.
But the legislation includes an individual mandate penalty that could go as high as $1,900. Thomas Barthold, chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, told senators that the IRS could take legal action against those who fail to pay the mandate penalty.
In a handwritten note to Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., Barthold said violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty.
Just Great nothing like Violating the US Constitution and the 1st Adm. someone need to go and just kick Sen. Baucas arse all over the Sen. floor. Also I would like to take Fox and any other News Outlet that keep reporting that Sen. Snowe is in favor of this or any other Democratic lead Bill to task over there comments. This is BS I know for a fact that Olympia doesn't support this Bill or any other Draconain Crap that the Democrats have come up with. And to suggest so is BS.
Now here is my question for all of you who want this Health Care Bill do you support this type of crap huh, the last time I looked we live in the United States of America and have the right to choose with out the fear of jail.