Thursday, February 7, 2008

FORCE ME TO GET HEALTH INSURANCE?!?! Somebody must be smoking CRACK.

February 03, 2008

CLINTON CONSISTENTLY REFUSES TO ANSWER THE QUESTION OF HOW HER MANDATE WOULD BE ENFORCEDFEBRUARY 3, 2008: Clinton Says People Who Don’t Sign Up For Health Insurance “Won’t Have to Pay Fines”; Then Says One Option For Enforcement is “Going After People’s Wages.” When asked about her enforcement mechanism, Clinton said, “Well, they don’t have to pay fines, George. We want them to have insurance. We want it to be affordable.” When pushed again on whether or not she would garnish wages, Clinton said, “George, we will have an enforcement mechanism, whether it’s that or it’s or it’s some other mechanism through the tax system or automatic enrollments…And the reason why I think there are a number of mechanisms, going after people’s wages, automatic enrollment, when you are at the place of employment, you will be automatically enrolled, whatever the mechanism is.” [ABC, 2/3/08]

I wish somebody would garnish my wages to force me to be insured!

DECEMBER 1, 2007: Clinton Said She Would “Look At” Withholding Part Of Their Salaries To Pay For It. On a conference call with reporters to discuss the ad, Clinton policy chief Neera Tanden said the senator would “look at” working with employers to “automatically enroll employees, going through and withholding part of their salaries to pay for it – those are reasonable steps to enforce a mandate.” When Clinton rolled out her plan earlier this year, Tanden hinted that the mandate might be enforced by threatening to deny tax deductions to people who refused to enroll for insurance. [DMR, 12/1/07]

I wish somebody would garnish my wages to force me to be insured!

NOVEMBER 28, 2007: Clinton Surrogate Frank Pallone Said That Clinton Would Have Penalties For People Who Didn’t Enroll in Health Insurance. When asked how Clinton’s plan would be enforced, he said “You can have automatic enrollment so that when you go to school or you go to the hospital, you are automatically enrolled. We will put in place mechanisms to make sure everyone is enrolled. Then we’d have enforcement mechanisms. There may be some penalty for those who are not enrolled. So it’s not that hard to do…There are ways to enforce it and some of the states, you know, like Massachusetts that has it and others, do have some ways of imposing penalties in order to make sure.” [MSNBC, 11/28/07]

I wish somebody would garnish my wages or mess with my money to force me to be insured!

SEPTEMBER 18, 2007: Clinton Said That They Didn’t Have Any Punitive Measures To Enforce The Mandate Of Her Health Care Plan But Probably Would. Hillary Clinton said about the mandate in her health care plan, “At this point, we don’t have anything punitive that we have proposed. We’re providing incentives and tax credits which we think will be very attractive to the vast majority of Americans.” [AP, 9/18/07]

I wish somebody would garnish my wages to force me to be insured! SOMEBODY IS SMOKING CRACK!

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