Power, pop, and probings from ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper
Interview with the President: Jail Time for Those without Health Care Insurance?
November 09, 2009 6:30 PM
From Sunlen Miller:
During an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Jake Tapper today, President Obama said that penalties are appropriate for people who try to “free ride” the health care system but stopped short of endorsing the threat of jail time for those who refuse to pay a fine for not having insurance.
“What I think is appropriate is that in the same way that everybody has to get auto insurance and if you don't, you're subject to some penalty, that in this situation, if you have the ability to buy insurance, it's affordable and you choose not to do so, forcing you and me and everybody else to subsidize you, you know, there's a thousand dollar hidden tax that families all across America are -- are burdened by because of the fact that people don't have health insurance, you know, there's nothing wrong with a penalty.”
Under the House bill those who can afford to buy insurance and don’t’ pay a fine. If the refuse to pay that fine there’s a threat – as with a lot of tax fines – of jail time. The Senate removed that provision in the Senate Finance Committee.
Mr. Obama said penalties have to be high enough for people to not game the system, but it’s also important to not be “so punitive” that people who are having a hard time find themselves suddenly worse off, thus why hardship exemptions have been built in the legislation.
“I think the general broad principle is simply that people who are paying for their health insurance aren't subsidizing folks who simply choose not to until they get sick and then suddenly they expect free health insurance. That's -- that's basic concept of responsibility that I think most Americans abide by,” Mr. Obama said, “penalties are appropriate for people who try to free ride the system and force others to pay for their health insurance.”
The President said that he didn’t think the question over the appropriateness of possible jail time is the “biggest question” the House and Senate are facing right now.
Read more from Jake Tapper’s interview with President Obama HERE.
Ironic, ain't it? They're going to call in the deadly force of the federal leviathan to force people into their system, which will be resisted -- believe me on this -- at the point of a gun. The resulting hundreds of thousands of dead in the civil war this guy starts are supposed to be chalked up to "health care"?
Notice how he mealy-mouths around the answer. This guy can't even tell the plain truth when the language is in the bill and, him being a big hi-falutin' "constitutional" lawyer and all, he knows damn well that they are forcing all of us to play or pay -- and that at the end of that "pay," ultimately, points the muzzle of a federal gun. To call this guy a lying anal sphincter does a disservice to honest, hard-working anal sphincters everywhere.
Oh, well, they said he was the "new Lincoln." Didn't his election start a civil war that ended in hundreds of thousands of dead Americans? Yup, I think I recollect that. So I guess we've been warned, huh?
May God judge these tyrannical, power-hungry warmongers by turning them over to the deepest depths of Hell. Murdering bastards. And they think they have the right to condemn us all to servitude and kill us if we don't submit. They'll find out differently. We ain't the defenseless fetuses their policies have been murdering for decades. We can shoot back.
"Game the system"?
"GAME THE SYSTEM"!?!?
How about we "game the system" with hundreds of thousands of these, Mr. President?
How long do you think your "system" will last then?