Remember that individual mandate being debated so feverishly in the Senate? There’s some fine print that very few people have mentioned: if you’re not covered, and you don’t pay the penalty, you could face a prison sentence!
From Fox News:
Thomas Barthold, chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, told senators that the IRS could take legal action against those who fail to pay the mandate penalty.
In a handwritten note to Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., Barthold said violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty.
What an interesting twist! Because you know what’s really hazardous to your health? JAIL.