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    • Can I get a little political on ya?
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      • I see you have to resort back to cussing and name calling... typical liberal, everything is based on emotion rather than common sense. Anyway, say your original statement is correct and the INCREASING (notice all caps because you keep saying "it's only $100", when in actuality it increases by threefold the second year and sixfold the third year) penalty is "unenforceable". Do you think the "more healthy" (your words!) people are going to spend X amount of money per month on a health care premium when they can simply ignore the Bill and go about their business as normal. The only people this will encourage are the ones who are already freeloading off the taxpayers back and collecting welfare, who will now be eligible for free healthcare. If you like Socialism, may I suggest China, Laos or Cuba.
      • 10:28am Sep, 18 2012
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      • You will notice my first comment about your legislation post was on the topic of our discussion and it was also excerpted from the same piece of legislation - whether or not it is enforceable now it a matter of opinion. I did not know about section you quoted and I hope it is not just a ploy to redefine "penalties". I have read several articles stating that the wording was changed, now calling the penalties and "tax". When it comes down to it, I don't think the IRS will enforce the penalties as they were first written, however I do think they will be enforced other ways... hence my second, third and fourth posts. Obama has to pay for this somehow and the only way to do that is through the people. By penalty, tax, fees - whatever the hell they want to call it.
      • 09:48am Sep, 17 2012
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      • There are 30.1 million people who currently buy their own private health insurance. Many of them may need to get another plan if their insurance doesn't meet the minimum standards -- which haven't yet been established. (Source: Factcheck.org, The Keep Your Plan Promise, June 28, 2012)
      • 11:23am Sep, 16 2012
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      • Between 3-5 million people could lose their company-sponsored health care plans. Many businesses will find it more cost-effective to pay the penalty and let their employees purchase their own insurance plans on the exchanges. Other small businesses might find they can get a better plan through the state-run exchanges. (Source: CBO, The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Employment-Based Health Insurance, March 15, 2012)
      • 11:22am Sep, 16 2012
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      • In 2018, insurance companies will be assessed a 40% excise tax on "Cadillac" health plans. These are plans with annual premiums exceeding $10,200 for individuals or $27,500 for families. Many of these plans are for people in high-risk pools, such as older workers or union workers in high-risk jobs. (Source: Kaiser, Cadillac Tax Explained, March 18, 2010). Another government tax that will be paid by you and me.
      • 11:22am Sep, 16 2012
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      • Pharmaceutical companies will pay an extra $84.8 billion in fees over the next ten years to pay for closing the "donut hole" in Medicare Part D. This could raise drug costs if they pass this onto consumers. "If" they pass it on, yea right.
      • 11:20am Sep, 16 2012
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      • Taxes will be raised on one million individuals with annual incomes above a threshold of $200,000 and four million couples filing jointly with incomes in excess of $250,000. They would pay 2.35% (up from 1.45%) Medicare taxes on income above the threshold. In addition, they will pay a additional 3.8% Medicare taxes. This would apply to the lesser of income from dividends, capital gains, rent and royalties or income above the threshold. (Source: Smart Money, What Obamacare Means for Taxes, June 28, 2012)
      • 11:18am Sep, 16 2012
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      • Those who don't purchase insurance, and don't qualify for Medicaid or subsidies, will be assessed a penalty of $95 (or 1% of income, whichever is higher) in 2014. It increases to $325 (or 2% of income) in 2015, and $695 (or 2.5% of income) in 2016.About 4 million people, or 1.2% of the population, will wind up paying the penalty rather than purchase health insurance. The CBO estimates this will total $54 billion in penalties. (Source: Washington Post Factchecker, Tax Breaks vs Tax Hikes, July 6, 2012)
      • 11:16am Sep, 16 2012
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