That will now be the deadline for all Americans to have health insurance or face penalties.
It should be noted that President Obama issued this new date without the consultation of Congress, which is a direct violation of the Constitution. But don’t expect much resistance from the media or the docile Republicans.
As for the American people, until they receive notices of cancellation (as many already have gotten), it is of no concern to them directly - yet.
Now the question becomes can the government, actually the IRS, enforce the mandate penalty? The answer is yes – to a point. Americans will file their 2014 tax returns by April 15, 2015. Insurers will have to provide information to the IRS that individual taxpayers are indeed paying health insurance premiums.
The latest rules, which seem to change daily in this soap opera, state “individuals who don’t obtain health coverage in a given year are subject to a fine of $95 per individual or one percent of family income, whichever is greater.”
That penalty increases to $325 per adult or two percent of family income, whichever is greater, is 2015.
How will that be enforced?
That’s where we get into the Orwellian part of Obamacare. If you don’t have “adequate” (whatever that is) health coverage by the deadline, the IRS will withhold the amount you owe.
That comes directly from HealthCare.gov, the government’s marketplace website.
The next question is how they will “withhold” if you are not receiving a tax refund? The IRS could carry the fine over to the next next tax year, but as usual, no one has answers to this in the ongoing soap opera.
According to Timothy Jost, a professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, “If you don’t pay it, all they can do is wait until they owe you some money and take that. Or probably just send you a letter every now and then reminding you that you owe money to the IRS.”
Professor Jost is the coauthor of the casebook “Health Law.”
The law prohibits the IRS from using liens or levies to collect any “payment you owe related to the law, if you, your spouse or a dependent included on your tax return does not have minimum essential coverage.”
It appears the entire mess is being held together with duct tape as the liberals desperately try to salvage any credibility in what is truly the nation’s ongoing soap opera of such magnitude that their entire world could come tumbling down over this takeover of one-sixth of the American economy.
But stay tuned. Another option for the IRS is to sue you for non-payment – or maybe jail.
Rush Limbaugh pointed out the loophole in this entire mess. “If you structure your taxes so that you do not get a refund, you do not have to buy insurance and you do not have to pay a fine 'cause they can't collect it from you if you don't have a refund due. And that is just another nail in the coffin of Obamacare imploding on itself.”
The law is like nuclear proliferation. It just gets bigger and bigger like the rest of the federal government.
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