Len Nichols, a health economics instructor at George Mason University, has apparently fallen in (goose)step with National Socialist philosophy (h/t Prison Planet). In an article on NPR Online, Nichols has some strong medicine for people who would rather not join the Individual Mandate Party at the outset.
“…if you ever try to buy insurance again, you’ll have to pay three times the market price, and we will put a gold sticker on your forehead and say to all hospitals, ‘You do not have to treat this person; this person has forfeited their right to uncompensated care.’ “
Julie Rovner of NPR, who presented this report, says that Nichols is “only half serious.”
Only half serious? Well, that’s okay then, right?
Actually, it’s not. Nichols also seems to be allergic to the Constitution. Among others, he advocates the option of forcing the states do the heavy lifting, by withholding federal funds to states until they force people to comply with Obamacare demands. This, he says, would have the virtue (!) of avoiding a constitutional debate.
I didn’t know that avoiding constitutional debate on such a totalitarian piece of legislation as Obamacare had any virtues at all. Which makes me wonder just how “half-serious” Nichols really is about branding non-compliers. Does he mean only half a gold sticker on this ornery Jew’s forehead? Only half of the hospitals will be forbidden to treat me? Or maybe all the hospitals, but only in half the states? The delightful possibilities in the bureaucrat’s paradise of Obamacare are endless.
Equally serious are other fe(de)ral plans to force compliance with the unconstitutional individual mandate. For instance, 2009 queries by Nevada Senator Tom Ensign revealed that not paying the $1,900 Obamacare opt-out fee would be a misdemeanor that could lead to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty. Tom Barthold, Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, also raised the possibility that “refuseniks” could be hit with charges of “felony tax evasion” that would incur a $100,000 fine and up to five years in jail.
I’m standing by for more “good news” about this nightmare.