Tom Barthold is Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation. On Thursday, he sent Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) a handwritten note on JCT letterhead which confirmed that those who fail to comply with the mandatory healthcare coverage would face a penalty of up to $1,900. He noted that anyone who chooses not to purchase health insurance under the Obamacare plan could also be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty. Barthold signed his note "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold." How sweet - not!
UPDATE!! Here's Senator John Thune's (R-SD) response at one of his townhall meetings.
Any small businesses that doesn’t offer health insurance to its employes becomes a victim of a “pay or play” mandate that requires a penalty of up to 8% of its payroll tax to be paid to the government. A small business who files on an individual income tax return, will be charged a 5.4% surtax added to their top marginal tax rate. Further, an individual who doesn’t buy insurance under this mandate will be assessed a 2.5% tax as a penalty.
Question: This healthcare reform will not increase your taxes one dime - where have we heard those words? Can you say, "You lie"?
In other words, you're about to get hammered, and you won't be able to continue running your own life and making your own choices as free Americans have done for over 200 years. You know, the freedom to choose your own healthcare or even have it. I always thought that if I didn't have insurance, then any expenses I incurred would be my responsibility - no one else's. If I choose not to be insured, then I must be prepared for the consequences. That's because I believe in freedom, not a free ride. How about you?
The freedom of choice, as the example of this government healthcare reform confirms, will be just an illusion. Mandated coverage for everyone is Socialism Step One. Socialism Step Two - beware!
Let Congress hear your outrage!