This weekend, an email came to me stating that Obamacare is actually voluntary. Since I have already decided that due to my religious, psychological, philosophical, intellectual, and inherently human objections to this “mandate”, that I would not, could not and will not comply, I had relegated my interest in the finer abhorrent details of this issue to others with a calling to dig into it. However, after this email, I decided to have a look at it.
You can get the full text of both bills as passed and signed into unConstituional law here. Within the nearly 2500 pages of craziness, you will find this section on page 362 line 16:
No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendments), and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such issuer for choosing not to participate in such programs.
Now, on it’s face it looks like the entire debacle is a voluntary thing. In which case, I am not volunteering. I do have a few questions about it though.
First of all, is this stipulating that ONLY a requirement of actual federal health insurance is to be voluntary? Are the jerks trying to get away with voluntarily mandatory federal requirements by requiring that you buy it from a “private” company? Thereby creating a fully fascist industry? If that is indeed the case, next they could require that you buy a motorcycle, or an airplane.
Doesn’t this section appear to fly in the very face of Robert’s ruling that it is a tax? (Let’s put aside the fact that if it were a tax, the language actually came from the wrong house of the legislature to be legitimate) You can’t convince me that the federal government can claim something is a tax and assign private entities that are not directly overseen in the budgetary realm by the Congress to collect that tax…unless of course it is an excise, impost, duty or direct tax that is then required to be equally proportioned.
My personal opinion is that it all comes down to the consent of the governed. If we refuse to comply, participate or otherwise subject ourselves or others to this, it will fail. At any rate, there appears to be more than just a bit of conflict within the law by this section. I am happy to hear and entertain others opinions on this.
PS. You may be interested in this site. I am not endorsing it and haven’t read the book, but it may be of interest to some: http://ikilledobamacare.com/