The Affordable Care Act AKA Obamacare Individual Mandate

The Affordable Care Act AKA Obamacare Individual Mandate

Today we provide two updates on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) AKA Obamacare to Prepography‘s previous article Top 10 Inactions That Will Be Taxed Next which is presented below the updates in it’s entirety:

1.  Yesterday the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) increased its estimate, by 50%, the number of U.S. citizens who will be forced to pay the ‘tax’ for failing to purchase health insurance.  The estimate increased from 4 million to 6 million.

2.  If you’re still confused about your requirements under the ACA (which is anything but affordable), the Kaiser Family Foundation has published a good guide.  Their flowchart allows you to identify your requirements under the Affordable Care Act AKA Obamacare Individual Mandate.  Remember that unless you comply you will be subject to taxation and the full force of the U.S. Government and it’s Internal Revenue Service are behind your forced compliance.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m pro health insurance, but each little loss of liberty…even forcing someone to buy something they should buy anyway…erodes our freedom and makes is harder for us to become self reliant.  Now that we can be taxed for actions we fail to take, read about to discover the Top 10 Inactions That Will Be Taxed Next:Originally published on this site July 9th, 2012:

In it’s recent decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act AKA Obamacare the Supreme Court seems to have granted government the power to assess taxes for not taking action.  In this case, a tax penalty for not purchasing health insurance.  With government now granted this new power I stopped to ponder what other ‘inactions’ the government may decide to tax.

  1. Not Recycling:  You could be taxed $50 for any week you elected not to participate in curbside recycling.  Subsequent violations would lead to inspection of your garbage cans with a tax of $5 per recyclable item not properly placed with other recycling in the appropriate bin.
  2. Not installing compact fluorescent light bulbs:  It’s getting harder and harder to find incandescent light bulbs now that most of the U.S. factories that manufacture them have fled to greener pastures (financially, not environmentally green).  Perhaps we’ll be taxed $10 per light fixture not equipped with an appropriate environmentally correct bulb.
  3. Not buying a hybrid car:  When my wife told me she wanted a hybrid car all I could think of was bleeding edge technology pricing and more to maintain.  My solution was to buy her a traditional vehicle that was $10,000 less than the hybrid she wanted and was rated at 45 Miles Per Gallon (MPG) vs. the 35 MPG that her hybrid of choice was rated for.  In a future where the government can tax my ‘wrong’ decision I might end up having to pay that $10,000 anyway as a tax for not making the correct car purchasing decision.  We could even put a ‘Cadillac Tax’ on… Cadillacs and other large automobiles.  Have a Suburban to haul your six kids…get ready to pay up!
  4. Not eating my vegetables:  Maybe Mayor Bloomberg and the Bloomberg wannabes will go beyond the proposed limitations on sugary drinks now that there’s precedent for taxing the things that we don’t buy.  In the future no trip to the grocery store or restaurant will be the same when you have to pony up $10 per person for each trip without purchasing the appropriate amount of vegetable matter.
  5. Not buying smoking cessation gadgets:  I’m not sure how those of you who live and work in the cities can still smoke…is there even anywhere legal for you to light up anymore?  Well in a future U.S., the taxman won’t be happy just taxing you $3.68 per pack for your cigarettes, he’ll also tax you $25 for each month that you don’t purchase at least one smoking cessation gadget, pill, lollipop (uh-oh…sugar), etc.
  6. Not buying organic food:  This will be a real easy tax to collect, we’ll already be collecting the no vegetable tax (see #4 above).  Probably just a few dollars per visit for this new tax.
  7. Not ‘buying local’:  Think about this one the next time you order something on the internet.  This is the most likely item on my list to become reality in the near term…but actually as a tax on internet purchases.  Check out the goals of the proposed Marketplace Equity Act, and it’s copies/variants.  If you want to fear your state’s tax man as well… check to see if your  state has a ‘Use’ Tax.  This tax will run you the same amount as your state’s sales or use tax.
  8. Not Saying Something if you See Something:  If you aren’t familiar with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) “If You See Something, Say Something™” Campaign you can click on the link and learn more.  Not sure how they’ll tax this one…maybe 50% of the value of whatever is destroyed by the terrorists.
  9. Not taking public transportation:  As many of you who live back east or around Chicago already know…this one exists.  It’s called a toll road.  What I envision is an expansion of this tax to include those in suburban and rural areas that don’t have existing toll roads.  For those of us lucky enough to live in the boondocks the charge will be enough that eventually the government can turn our roads into toll roads as well…think of all the jobs collecting change we could ‘create’ this way.
  10. Not voting:  This would be like one of those old poll taxes…which we all know are unconstitutional…but in reverse…that’s gotta be constitutional right?  How about $10 per ballot initiative or race up to $100 per election maximum.  Think of all the good Uncle Sugar could do with that money.

In the interests of full disclosure, I am in favor of recycling, using compact fluorescent light bulbs (but not anywhere cold or where you need light instantly like a closet), buying cars with fuel efficiency in mind, eating your veggies, stopping smoking, eating organic…preferably from your own garden, buying local, stopping terrorism, taking public transportation if they have such a thing in your neck of the woods and exercising your right to vote (unless you’re voting for more government intrusion into my life).  While I’m in favor of lots of ‘good’ things I don’t think that we should be forced to participate in any of them through coercive tax schemes.  Oh… and in case I forgot to mention it…I’m in favor of purchasing health insurance…just not a government requirement to do so.




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