Expatriate Owl

A politically-incorrect perspective that does not necessarily tow the party line, on various matters including but not limited to taxation, academia, government and religion.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Free Medical Care with No Penalty Tax




Some (but not all) of the matters occupying me have abated, and I am now once again postured to return to blogging, for what little I have to say at the moment.

Yes, I have read the Supreme Court's decision confirming the Constitutionality of the so-called "shared responsibility payment" penalty in the Obamacare law.  The Supreme Court has ruled on the issue, and therefore, it is the law of the land unless and until such time as it is repealed.

As much as I resent being subjected to the "shared responsibility payment," I resent even more the exceptions to it.  Specifically:

Internal Revenue Code Section 5000A(d)(3) exempts illegal aliens from the responsibility.  So the healthcare system must provide healthcare to the illegals, but they don't have to pay for it!

Internal Revenue Code Section 5000A(d)(4) exempts incarcerated prisoners.  Not that a whole lot of them have sufficient income to be required to pay for health insurance, but those who do have the means should certainly be required to be insured.

Which brings me to a particular incarcerated prisoner.  While all of the court watchers were watching the U.S. Supreme Court on 28 June 2012 for its Obamacare decision, another court came down in another matter.  Specifically, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the 10 year sentence imposed upon radical terrorism-enabler and disbarred attorney Lynne Stewart.  She is currently incarcerated at the Carswell Federal Medical Center in Ft. Worth, and reportedly is very ill.

I resent the fact that Lynne Stewart is not required to carry health insurance like the rest of us, yet is being given free medical care on the taxpayers' dollar.  But I would resent it even more if she were out walking (or, quite likely, being pushed in a wheelchair) free on the streets.

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