Jail time for not buying coverage?

posted at 9:11 am on November 7, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

I wonder if Nancy Pelosi tried out her “we won the election” argument on freshman Democrats in Congressional districts carried by John McCain in 2008?  If so, she’s already lost half of them, according to USA Today.  Seven of the twelve freshman from conservative districts have announced their opposition to the Pelosi version of ObamaCare, scheduled for a vote this weekend:

There are a dozen first-term Democrats representing districts that Republican presidential nominee John McCain won last year. So far, six have announced that they will vote against their party’s health care bill.

Update, 5:43 p.m. ET: Now there are seven. The New York Daily News has just published a statement from hometown Rep. Michael McMahon, D-N.Y. He’s in the no column. “I believe the net negatives of this bill outweight the positive effects,” McMahon says.

Five of those announcements came today. All of the lawmakers who announced opposition cited concerns about the price tag of the legislation, estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to be more than $1 trillion over 10 years.

“After months of thoroughly reviewing legislative proposals and speaking with constituents and stakeholders, I am not satisfied that this bill before us is a sustainable solution,” said Rep. Frank Kratovil, D-Md. Alert readers will remember that he was the congressman hung in effigy during the height of the August town hall meeting uproar.

But … but … but … those were just astroturfers! They’re not representative of the constituents, who really want government to take away their choices and lock them up for failing to buy their patriotic health-care coverage:

Today, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail.  The JCT letter  makes clear that Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

In response to the JCT letter, Camp said:  “This is the ultimate example of the Democrats’ command-and-control style of governing – buy what we tell you or go to jail.  It is outrageous and it should be stopped immediately.”

The radical nature of the bill has finally become clear.  The Democrats most at risk have begun peeling away, abortion vote or no abortion vote.  They have to win re-election in less than a year, and this will be Exhibit A for their Republican challengers looking to paint them as big-spending statists more interested in bullying their constituents than listening to them.

Don’t be surprised to see more Democrats start to jump overboard this weekend.  Steny Hoyer didn’t think he had the votes yesterday, and the longer this goes, the fewer he will wind up having.

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TinMan13 on November 7, 2009 at 2:09 PM

I don’t give a damn if it’s just a tax. I pay enought taxes. I’m not going to put up with them taxing me because I don’t buy health insurance and then if I don’t pay that tax they have the option to jail me. It’s the entire concept you idiot.

boomer on November 7, 2009 at 5:21 PM

It’s a tax. It’s JUST A TAX!

TinMan13 on November 7, 2009 at 2:09 PM

It’s incarceration. It’s JUST INCARCERATION!

nico on November 7, 2009 at 5:50 PM

We’re going to be getting jailed for a lot more things the Socialists consider to be actions/inactions not conducive to the welfare of the, er, Welfare State!

We’ll mostly lie down and comply just like our ancestors did with that abominable POS called the “income tax”. Now, get drafted to fight Communists? That’s something at least some people will stand up against.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 7, 2009 at 7:01 PM

How about some jail time for the thieves and liars in congress?

So much for draining the swamp!

bluegrass on November 7, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Try and make me.
See what happens.


5u93rm4n on November 7, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Ron Paul

The Dean on November 7, 2009 at 11:39 PM

On the bright side, I’ll get “free” health care in jail. And I am getting older

Bevan on November 8, 2009 at 8:19 AM

I like Patrick Henry,s take…..

If it’s the later, it won’t be smooth

Sonosam on November 8, 2009 at 1:21 PM

I am in Rep. Kratovil’s district and although he voted against HR 3962, he refused to acknowledge that the mandates are unconstitutional and his overall record is liberal, so he won nothing with me.

As to your comment, “Alert readers will remember that he was the congressman hung in effigy during the height of the August town hall meeting uproar”, it was alleged that he was hung in effigy in Centreville and Salisbury, MD depending upon the outlet or blog read. I can say for a fact he was not hung in effigy in Centreville since I was there the whole day and no TEA Party was held in Salisbury that day. Now a friend had him on puppet strings controlled by Pelosi at Centerville, as well as in Bel Air, MD at a later TEA Party, and they may have misread that parody.

amr on November 8, 2009 at 2:58 PM


Its very simple it really is
Democrats dont care about the fact that

1. obama care – is a communist takeover of our healthcare system
2. obama care – will destroy the economy (you cannot take 2 trillion dollars and just add it to the deficit) and not wipe out your credit

3. obama care – even the democrats admit wont cover even 10% of americans (30 million) – nope that was never the plan

4. obama care – hell doctors will be jumping overboard – why would i work when some government beurocrat will now decide
How much i get paid
How much i save determins my bonus for next year
How many times i was sued. – this will also effect my bonus.

I talked to doctors – i was in the hospital a few weeks ago – and i talked to the er doctor – and he flat out said
as soon as they cut his pay – or force him to make stupid decisions – he would be forced to find another profession

Like medical research..
Same thing with nurses – you think its bad now ..?

Just you wait – give obama care 1 year – and it will destroy the healthcare system..

This is exactly why the democraps – and their nazi leaders
pelosi and obama – all have decided not to allow full
implimentation of this piece of NAZI shit legislation
Until after AFTER the elections…

This way it will be too late..
They will give free medical cards to EVERY illegal mexican
and other than Mexican illegal..

Then they will register them to vote

And after they have BOUGHT their victory by
VIOPLATING the US constitution..

then they will kick ALL the american people in their wallets..

Enjoy your new NAZI CARE..
Brought to you by LORD OBAMA
and his false prophet – HARRY REID..

veteranoutrage on November 8, 2009 at 3:29 PM

I have no children to care for. Let them commit to tyranny in its most extreme forms, imprison me for refusing to contribute. For every man who goes to jail a thousand will be stiffened in their legal opposition, we saw that with the counterculture and the draft and Jim Crow.

Chris_Balsz on November 8, 2009 at 9:32 PM