In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year. Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS. The IRS´s assumption that the cheapest plan for family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan.
Comments: So when will the 0bamabots start their revolt? They´re all so stupid they have no idea what they voted into office. Someone wake me up from this nightmare.
This is insanity. I went 3 years without health insurance and the wife and I (late 50´s - 60) combined spent less than $2500, doc visits, prescriptions, etc., instead of being out $18,000 just for the premiums. I wonder what I get for my $500/mo as it is...without even setting foot inside a doctor´s office. Now we will pay triple that? And go into a healthcare system with fewer docs in 2016? What a country.
Obamacare will bankrupt the country which, besides control over citizens, might be a hidden motivation for it by zippy and the liberal democrats. obamacare was slammed down the throats of Americans by a criminal traitorous regime. The USA may skip the decline and go straight to a free fall.
I too have been uninsured for over 2 years. I see only the best BP doctor (cardiac surgeon) in Las Vegas, who is cash-only BY HIS CHOICE. I pay him $50 per office visit every 3 months, and log my BP on his website. He checks it during each OV and refills the scrip for me. Wal-Mart fills 3 months´ worth for $10.
That´s it. That´s all I´ve spent in the 2 years I´ve needed it. And you know what? It has tended to make me more careful when driving (more careful all the time!), and get myself healthier, because I know any medical care I might need comes outta my pocket. I´ve lost 30 pounds for that reason - it hasn´t quite lowered the BP but I feel a whole lot better at age 60 than I did at age 55.
But now I´m forced to buy this crap ´´healthcare´´, which it most certainly is not, whether I want it or not, and whether I´ll like it or not.
I´m keeping my cash-only BP doc, and staying as healthy as I can get. But it´ll now cost me not just the $240 a year, but $1600 or more. Greeaaaaaaat.......
Might as well go back to eating crap, and dying while I´m still young and gorgeous.
The icing on the cake is that ´´Cadillac´´ health insurance plans will be taxed too. You will not only pay a fortune for the insurance, but the value of the plan could be considered taxable income to boot!
Don’t forget, this estimate is for 2016. This is only 2013. In Three years, at the present rate of unemployment progression, the average family income will be about $20,000. Not much left over for gasoline, groceries, and private school for the kiddies. But great health care is certainly worth the price!
We´re going to pay for all this, and I guarantee that we won´t get what we paid for. Did your kidneys fail? Sorry, we´re not going to pay for a kidney transplant. Did you break a hip? Sorry, you´re too old for a replacement. It´s a defective product. Have cancer? Sorry, we´re not going to approve the treatment. You want to be a woman instead of a man? No problem -- "sex-change" operations are fully covered! That´s where we´re headed.
#13 and others who wonder how the IRS will collect fines from those who are nearly broke--the same way they do now. Understand that under the law:
1. The IRS can clean out your bank account(s) without notice, no matter how little you have.
2. The IRS can place a lien on your paychecks without notice. It takes seconds to process the notice to your employer, at least six weeks to get it removed.
3. The IRS can put liens on your house or car or other valuable assets. If the amount is considerable, I suspect they may have the power to seize and sell those assets.
If you have ever had insufficient tax taken from your paycheck and paid with a check, your bank account info will be on file. (I always send a money order.) A notice will be sent to your bank putting liens on any acount you have with that institution.
This all happened to me about 30 years ago. Data--and debt--collection has greatly improved since then. Think ahead. You might request that your paycheck be sent to your home so that you can avoid losing an automatic deposit. Sometimes it takes around a week or so to get a cancellation into the system.
Are you now beginning to understand why the IRS is involved in Ocare? No other federal agency, as far as I know, has the power of the IRS to suddenly and without notice take your money and property.
It´s probably illegal for me to suggest ways to safeguard yourself so think very carefully about how to manage this situation. Surely there´s a how-to online by now.
#25..my spouse died on the 27th of the month..soc. sec. took back the payment direct deposited on the 3rd, right out of the bank. (He was considered dead for the entire month!) ditto military retirement, ditto his pension (which was taken over by the gov´t when the company went under)..it took 3 months for me to see a payment again. The fact is, when we arrange for direct deposits, we give permission for the gov´t to go into our account and take money back.
So the reality of this is that no sane person is going to buy a health plan for $20K when they can just use BOCare for coverage and pay a small fraction of that $20K cost in a "penalty" tax. Say a person makes $100k (and probably has health coverage from his employer but ignore that for now) the 2.5% cap of income would limit his payment to $2500, less than half the cost of him buying a policy.
That means that no one will buy policies and everyone will be on BOCare that they will only pay far, far less than half of. Guess who foots the remainder of the bill? The taxpayer in general but there is no plan or budget for this massive expense.
In a few years this mess is all going to collapse in a disastrous heap.
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