I have heard it time and time again. “Never in our history has the government forced an individual to buy something.” (Actually false from a couple of different angles.)
“This health care mandate is unconstitutional.” Several states have filed suit against the Fed on these grounds.
Well thanks to MSNBC and Huffington Post contributor, Lawrence O’Donnell, I’ve learned the dirty little secret that neither Republicans nor Democrats want you to know.
There is no individual mandate. Yes you read that right. No mandate. Nothing, nada, zilch. Let one of my favorite commentators, “Crazy Larry” explain it to you. Pay close attention at the 2 minute and 30 second mark after Larry has shot down one of Jim DeMint’s lies.
But don’t take his word for it. Here is the legal language from page 336 of the bill.
(2) SPECIAL RULES.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law—
(A) WAIVER OF CRIMINAL PENALTIES.—In the case of any failure by a taxpayer to timely pay any penalty imposed by this section, such taxpayer shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty with respect to such failure.
Patient Protection Affordable Care Act As Passed.
So now the law suits that were already frivolous have become totally absurd. Yes, there is a penalty for not purchasing insurance but there is no penalty for not paying the penalty. The penalty is not enforced in any way. On the contrary, the law prohibits enforcement of the penalty.
Why won’t anyone from the President to the Democrats to the Republicans ever tell you this? Simple. The President and his party want you to buy insurance. If you don’t, premiums inevitably rise. So they need you to believe there is an enforceable penalty for not doing so.
As for the Grand Old Stale Party, they can’t tell you the truth because then their fundamental debating point goes out the window. How can something that doesn’t exist be unconstitutional?
At this point I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I’m glad to see the Party of No exposed for the fools and liars they are. On the other hand if too many folks learn the truth, the expansion of health care coverage could be seriously compromised.
Once again the first bite of the sausage tastes real good but don’t look in that kitchen!