By now readers may be aware that the health care bill proposed by Democrats creates an individual mandate which requires all Americans to buy health insurance (illegal aliens will still be able to get their care free).
Even though then Sen. Obama campaigned for office against a mandate, he's on record supporting one now and claiming that it does not constitute a tax even though just about everyone else concedes it is a tax.
Republicans in the U.S. Senate tried to get the individual mandate removed from the bill Democrats are pushing rapidly through the Senate Finance Committee but their amendment was voted down on a largely party line vote.
What readers may not be aware of is the penalty for not buying insurance is more than a fine. It may also include jail time. Senator John Ensign (R-NV) questioned Senate Finance Committee Chief of Staff Thomas Barthold on the issue of penalties and got a handwritten response:
"If there is a willful failure to file, pay, maintain appropriate records and the like the taxpayer may be charged with a misdemeanor with a penalty up to $25,000 and not more than one year in jail."Democrats will use the I.R.S. to enforce this tax and to hold every American accountable for signing up for health care insurance. OR ELSE!
Once again, Republicans are standing up for freedom and self reliance and Democrats are standing up for more big government, big brother and the IRS!
Don't tell me there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats!