Daily Archives: November 12, 2009

“Go to Jail Go, Directly to Jail” – Nancy Pelosi

Ever play board games when you were a kid? Do you remember that game? Oh come on, you know the one where you went around and around the board trying to buy up all the property and earn money? Sure you do – the one where the winner is the player with all the money and the property at the end. All my life I thought the game was based on capitalism – turns out I was wrong. Apparently it is a game about a government run by Democrats. Now what was the name of that game? Oh yeah – it was called MONOPOLY and in Monopoly you better not land in the wrong place because if you do – It’s jail for you.

It appears that in addition to SEIU the House Democrats have reached out to Parker Bros. for help in designing their version of the government takeover of healthcare. Seems if you find yourself landing in the wrong place (unable or unwilling to buy healthcare); the House Healthcare Reform bill contains language that could land you in jail time if you do not buy the required coverage as prescribed under the proposed law.

Specifically, the bill states that individuals who don’t buy health insurance and fail to pay the fine of roughly 2.5 percent of their income which can be imposed for failing to purchase the required coverage face a penalty of up to 5 years in prison.

IRS Code provides for collection and enforcement authority for the healthcare proposal under the following sections:

• Section 7203 — misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

• Section 7201 — felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.”

However, it gets worse; according to a recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, the lowest-cost non-group, family plan will cost $15,000/year by 2016 under HR 3862 which is the House of Representatives bill. That is versus a current average cost today of $10,880. This is shaping up to be another fine example of government efficiency and cost containment.

HR 3862 claim is that the bill makes healthcare more affordable for everyone but it only provides subsidies to help pay for coverage  after families making about $45,000 have paid 8 percent of their income towards insurance or after those earning a household income of about $65,000 have paid in 12 percent of their income. In either case this represents a significant bite out of the net income these families would need to live on.

Ironically, the only medical services that seem to be decreasing in cost are the ones not typically covered by medical insurance such as cosmetic surgery – why? Easy, because when insurance companies have little or no involvement the free market takes over and competition drives down prices. A government run public option will first drive insurance companies out of business which you might think would be a good thing but remember “nature hates a vacuum”. The result will be a government “monopoly” of healthcare that will be an inefficient, overpriced system that will ultimately deliver a lower standard of care and eventually result in rationing.

This is both unconstitutional and immoral. What has this happened to America? How have we gotten to a point where the government is actively engaging in the redistribution of wealth and providing “nanny state” services? To fund this madness the Communists, oops I mean Democrats in charge, are boldly proclaiming their intentions of making “the rich” pay an additional 5.75% in income tax.

It is time for the government to get out of the private sector and do the things it was intended to do. Healthcare is not a “constitutional right” anymore that it should be a “government requirement”. Don’t be fooled this is not about better access or more affordable healthcare. It is about a power grab by the government to tighten its’ grip on its’ citizens and gain more control.

Wake up, America! Tell Congress to quit playing games with our lives, liberties and freedoms. We do not want or need a government solution to every problem. Mr. President – if you are listening I am more worried about you and your cronies “gaming us” then other gaming the system. As for responsibility if you had a clue about what that means you would quit trying to spend us into bankruptcy or at the very least quit encouraging “generational theft”.

 It is time to stand up and say, “Enough!” Let your senators know that we do not want the government involved in running our health system. No compromise version of this 2000 page train wreck is the solution. The only answer is to start over and write small manageable pieces of legislation that address specific issues. Issues such as tort reform, increasing competition by opening up interstate purchasing opportunities or allowing the private insurance market to design multiple types of packages for consumers to select from which allows them to tailor coverage to their needs rather than a community standard.

Restore Free Choice, Restore the Republic, Reject Government Run Healthcare! If they refuse to listen, then it should be “Go to Jail, Go Directly to Jail – Do not pass Go, Do not Collect your Government Pension!” You have been charged with Treason! Game Over! 

“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom”. – Dwight D. Eisenhower