Refuse to be nannied? Then get ready to be sued.

Posted by: Phineas on November 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm

This quote is part of a longer article on why the author won’t ever vote for Mitt Romney for president until he admits that RomneyCare was a mistake, but there’s a clip that is relevant to our future under Romneycare’s national cousin, ObamaCare. Mitt’s bad medicine:

No, this is all about policy, specifically Romneycare – which has thus far been the Big Dig of health care, except costs have risen faster.

Obamacare has the benefit of having not yet been fully implemented. It’s already hurting the economy and costing people their jobs, but the worst has yet to arrive. Well the Romneycare disaster is already upon us.

The highest health insurance costs, the highest medical costs and the fastest rising costs. Massachusetts has them all, thanks to Romney. And they’re getting worse.

Meanwhile the Herald reported yesterday that the folks at the beloved Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector created under Romneycare are “cracking down on more than 3,000 residents who are fighting state fines, and has even hired a private law firm to force the health insurance scofflaws to pay penalties of up to $2,000 a year.”

Big Brother is watching – and suing – you.

Emphasis added.

The same is almost inevitable under ObamaCare, because its universal coverage provisions require universal subscription, either through buying one of the government-approved (and more expensive) plans, or by paying a tax penalty fine for refusing to buy a plan. That’s the infamous individual mandate, which takes the unprecedented step of requiring citizens, as a condition for merely living, to engage in an economic activity whether they want to or not – and punishes you if you refuse. And it is unconstitutional.

But, the government has to have this money in order for ObamaCare to even have a snowball’s chance of working. It must take money from the more healthy, younger portion of the workforce that won’t need as much insurance to subsidize universal coverage for the remainder, which is likely to need more frequent and more expensive care. (Rationing comes into this, too, but that’s a separate issue.)

Thus, as costs increase under ObamaCare (and even the government says they will), pressure will mount to go after those who refuse to pay the fine, as the article describes, and maybe even after those who game the system by paying the fine and then buying coverage only when they truly need it.

So, get ready. Not only will Uncle Sam tell you what kind of insurance you must buy and at what price, but he’ll probably sue you if you don’t play along.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “Refuse to be nannied? Then get ready to be sued.”

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  1. This is Communism. We’re not moving toward it, it’s here.

  2. Kate says:

    Unfortunately, they have made so many other unrelated things part of this mammoth bill that it will be hard for congress to deconstruct the monster. Including, my favorite, the new federal student loan administration now OWNED by the federal government. Not only are the interest rates higher than ever on them, there is no chance that you can ever get out of them….no defaulting, no bankruptcy, nothing can ever make it possible for you not to pay up on Uncle Sam’s Education Loans….sure you can defer them, but the accrue interest…so nice!

    There are also new regulations as to what education institutions will qualify…shutting out some small colleges/tech schools on variety of technicalities.

  3. Carlos says:

    Yep. Change you can believe in.

    And, unfortunately, die by.

  4. Jo says:

    My 11-year-old said it best: “It’s going to take someone about three times as good as Reagan to ever turn things back around.” Even she can see we’re in deep and digging our way down farther. It is so depressing. It’s difficult to unseat a sitting president unless things are either so bad, not even his base supports him or someone so obviously the viable alternative arises. Who will that be????

  5. Carlos says:

    Unless the elephants get rid of the two sitting senators from Maine (THAT ain’t gonna happen) and get enough more above 60 in the next election, not even most of the damage done by this administration can be fixed.

    And I certainly don’t see anyone on the horizon that fits the bill of “three times better than Reagan.”

    Sad thing is, the Republicans have only themselves to blame because they kept force-feeding us stupid commoners crap-sandwich candidates that were barely more tolerable than the jackasses, so now we’re eating jackass poop instead!

    Wonder if we’ll ever have another prez who loves the Constitution and us commoners both? Certainly haven’t had one since Reagan.

  6. paul says:

    But, the government has to have this money in order for ObamaCare to even have a snowball’s chance of working. It must take money from the more healthy, younger portion of the workforce that won’t need as much insurance to subsidize universal coverage for the remainder, which is likely to need more frequent and more expensive care. (Rationing comes into this, too, but that’s a separate issue.)

    Yes, take money from young workers families, that need money to raise kids, pay for over speculated houses/ and the house bailout, and also they must and their kids must pay the debts for the bank bailouts, and also for the higher education racket debts and while these young are getting raped, the over paid local state union pensions.

    Yeah, smart. Eat your human feed corn. Kill off, economically, the young. Saddle them with debts, permits, laws,fees, taxes, mandates just to keep this intergenerational ponzi racket going a few years more.

  7. Carlos says:

    Right. The intended/unintended consequences of the Obama/Reid/Pelosi Health Care “Reform” bill are of absolutely no concern to the jackasses/libs/progressives because their intent was “good” and proper, and that, more than any other reason (including actual results), is what counts.

    Obama’s many and vast lies about “not raising taxes on the middle class” are just that: lies. He (and his legislative cohorts and administration sycophants) have targeted the middle class specifically because he knows that with a middle class there is no chance of his utopian enslavement dream ever succeeding. Socialism cannot exist in any form with a middle class.

  8. forest hunter says:

    Not much of a leap from there to make poverty illegal.

    Socialist government policy will bring you closer and closer to asset free…(you know – like America is quickly becoming at the hands of the mischievious imps.) You can’t afford it, yet you’ll be fined, fined and fined, till freedom becomes just another word to redefine.