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Criminalizing “Choice”

What were the twin goals President Obama’s reform given in his speech to a joint session of Congress?  Oh, yeah, he wanted there to be “competition” so the consumer had a “choice”.  That’s become a Democratic talking point now.

But choice, apparently, doesn’t extend beyond the faux choice of the public option.  If you choose not to buy insurance, your choice is then reduced to a fine or jail  or perhaps, both.

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) had a question about what would happen if a person refused to pay the $1,900 IRS tax/fine levied for not doing so.

He received a hand written note from the Chief of the Joint Committee on Taxation, Thomas Barthold:

Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it “Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold.”

The banality of totalitarianism.

Hope and change in the land of the free.

~McQ

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