Buy Health Insurance … Or Else

If health care legislation becomes law, those who do not comply with the mandate to buy health insurance could land in jail, according to a House Republican press release.

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.

The American Chronicle claims this is a health care myth, but does nothing to actually refute the findings of the JCT letter. Politico also has some coverage of this.

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