…..That’s according to a bipartisan compromise bill by Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) that surfaced yesterday.
The Baucus plan would require insurers to take all applicants, regardless of age or health. But smokers could be charged higher premiums. And 60-year-olds could be charged five times as much for a policy as 20-year-olds.
Just as auto coverage is now mandatory in nearly all states, Baucus would require that all Americans get health insurance once the system is overhauled.
Penalties for failing to do so would start at $750 a year for individuals and $1,500 for families. Households making more than three times the federal poverty level — about $66,000 for a family of four — would face the maximum fines. For families, it would be $3,800, and for individuals, $950.
This is kinda what I thought all along. The grand plan to provide “health care for every citizen as a fundamental right” is really a requirement that everybody buys insurance coverage. I guess some would qualify for some kind of assistance to buy the insurance, that is after the government gains access to bank accounts and records to see who qualifies, enforced by payroll deduction.
Question: What if the fine is less than the premiums?
I can see scores of people who would be under the radar, and as a practical matter, they would still not have insurance and they would still be showing up at emergency rooms for care. Maybe they would be “caught” when they did though and at that time assessed the fines.
Question: How would the fines be enforced? What would be the penalty for not paying the fines?
No wonder nobody wants to give any details. And Obama cannot possibly give the details in his speech tonight because there really are no details because there is no bill – yet.
If a bill is passed, you can bet it will be some hodge podge that nobody has had time to read and who knows what will be in it.
And so what if 75% of Americans are satisfied with their health insurance!
Eeegads. The government is coming to help you. Run for your life.
P. S.: BUT the Baucus plan does not have a public option. The fight is on among the democrats.