Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fines Proposed For Going Without Health Insurance

So (as I have always thought), the President's plan for a government run health care system is falling apart. And because Pelosi and Reid aren't getting their way and loosing their party base on this issue, another representative is proposing making it mandatory to have health insurance the same as it is mandatory to have car insurance in most states. Bullshit.

The idea is to cover everyone regardless of age or health. Sweet. Smokers would be charged higher premiums and a person 60 or older would be charged 5 times more than a 20 year old. Wow.

The proposed bill would be a 10 year $900 billion and it would require hefty fees on insurers, drug companies and others in the health care industry to pay for it. good luck with that.

If this passes, there will be stiff financial penalties. Not that Uncle Sam is taking enough from me as it is and I haven't had any sort of a pay increase in the last 3 years to keep up with the cost of living.

Check these hightlights:
- Penalties would start at $750 a year for individuals and $1,500 a year for a family of four.
- Households making $66,000 a year would be charged the maximum of $3,800 a year and $950 for individuals.
- A tax credit would be offered but even if you work for a company that offers insurance, you still have to sign up and the employer would avoid penalties as well.

As the President, he's got a problem. Mainly because when he ran, he promised and campaigned for universal health care and against making people health insurance a requirement and fining people for not getting it. He proposed mandatory insurance only for children. And this proposed plan doesn't compete with private plans and force them to lower costs.

I'd like to see what happens next. Listen, I'd like insurance too, but not one that is government run. They're around too much as it is. Especially now with all the bailouts and the nice $9 trillion dollar extra in debt his spending and budget bills will be putting us in over the next 10 years.

This President is all about the spotlight, pleasing everyone and is non-confrontational. Now that most of his big plans are starting to go stale, time to get your feet wet and show me some of that change you promised.

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