Buy insurance or go to jail

By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

A Michigan congressman has released a report from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation confirming that the House Democrats’ health-care bill could impose penalties of up to $250,000 in fines and five years in jail for failing to buy the proper insurance coverage.

“This is the ultimate example of the Democrats’ command-and-control style of governing – buy what we tell you or go to jail,” said U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich.

“It is outrageous and it should be stopped immediately,” he said today.

The letter of confirmation from the Joint Committee on Taxation was signed by Chief of Staff Thomas Barthold. His analysis confirmed individuals who fail to follow the rules actually could be penalized both with civil and criminal punishments.

“The Code provides for both civil and criminal penalties to ensure complete and accurate reporting of tax liability and to discourage fraudulent attempts to defeat or evade tax,” Barthold’s letter said. “Civil and criminal penalties are applied separately.

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