Tipton, Pace spar after health-law repeal OK’d in House

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I’m having trouble with the idea that this is a tax hike. The mandate requires people to purchase insurance from private companies. The money is not going into the US Treasury, it is going into the income statements of private insurance companies. As for the competition, the insurance exchanges are little more than a spread sheet that allows consumers to decide which insurance company is offering a product that meets their needs at a price that they can afford.

Claudette, are you being intentionally obtuse or just disingenuous?

Even the Supreme Court called it a tax. The money collected for those who refuse to comply with the law is collected by the IRS through your tax schedule. If you fail to pay it is the IRS who will be coming after you. It is a tax hike.

Hope all is going well with the treatments for your cancer.

Kevin, it helps if you actually read the bill. The IRS only collects the penalty if a consumer does not buy health insurance, and language in the bill prohibits the IRS from assessing any penalty for failure to pay the penalty, which starts out at less than $100, but increases over time. By the way, the Supreme Court said the bill was legal under the authority to tax, removing it from the commerce clause—which isn’t the same as saying it was a tax. The purchase of health care still has money flowing to the individual insurance companies, not the IRS or the U.S. Treasury.

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