"The problem is that the Senate won't run with it. The government health insurance plan included in the House bill is unacceptable to a few Democratic moderates who hold the balance of power in the Senate.
If a government plan is part of the deal, "as a matter of conscience, I will not allow this bill to come to a final vote," said Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent whose vote Democrats need to overcome GOP filibusters."
So says the AP news story.
Once again, the Associated Press is trying to tell you what to think. And as usual, they are off the mark. Here is the real problem, from 'way down near the bottom of the page:
"All Americans would be required to carry health insurance, either through an employer, a government plan or by purchasing it on their own."
Matter-of-factly stated, as if there is no question that this is how it needs to be, and should really go without saying.
No matter what the politicians, bureaucrats and national media try to shove down our throats "for our own good", it always goes without saying that we, of course, must give up more freedom. Distasteful even to mention it, as if we really shouldn't have ever had that freedom to begin with; as if it must have been an oversight on the part of those who have our best interests at heart.
And what if you don't comply? What if you can't afford it, or for religious or other reasons just don't want to buy health insurance, or especially to be forced to do so?
Well, one thing I read (and of course the national media doesn't tell you this) is that refusal to buy health insurance would be a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to $250,000 fine. In other words, refusal to buy health insurance would carry almost the same penalty as being caught with an unregistered machine gun.
And that's not all; even if one did buy the insurance, but then had difficulty making the payments, missing a couple of payments could result in a misdemeanor charge carrying a 1-year jail sentence and a $25,000 fine.
This is nothing more than a tax, folks. If this passes, it will force you to pay a $200 per month (or more) tax, just for being alive. A life tax, in other words. And believe me, once they manage to get this in place, they will increase the amount you are required to pay, probably every year. So what starts out as a 12% life tax could end up being 30% or more, in a few years. On top of income, sales, and property taxes. Think about that.
This is their answer to how they are going to pay for the "stimulus" package.