Constitutional Emergency

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to ram ObamaCare down the throats of the American people as early as tomorrow, or within a matter of hours (depending on when you read this letter), without allowing any substantive debate.

Pelosi has literally taken off the gloves... and she must be stopped.

As Congressman Tom Price, who happens to know a little something about health care as he's also one of the few doctors in Congress, recently said:

"Your concerns about a government takeover of health care have been totally ignored by Speaker Pelosi and her allies, who worked behind closed doors to write the bill. After months of debate, the bill they introduced today is essentially the same bill the American people have flat-out rejected."

Truth be told, Congressman Price's words were tempered when you consider the reality of what's really happening in Washington. Pelosi's latest incarnation of ObamaCare - dubiously titled the "Affordable Health Care for America Act," (H.R. 3962)
is not merely "the same bill the American people have flat-out rejected" ...

... It's actually far worse.

At nearly 2,000 pages, it's almost twice the size of Pelosi's first bill (H.R. 3200) and includes even more of what the American people have already flat-out rejected.

And make no mistake, Pelosi's plan to ram this latest version of ObamaCare down the throats of the American people with lightning speed is no accident ... it's a calculated political move to try to pass ObamaCare before you and millions of other concerned Americans have a chance to once again rally against it.

We can't let her get away with it.

Congressman Price observed, the "future of American health care is in the balance and we are on the clock." He' right.

How we, the American people, respond right here and right now will determine the fate of health care in this country forever. We can stop this government takeover of health care, but the time to make our voices heard is now.

Tell them that Nancy Pelosi's latest incarnation of ObamaCare must be defeated. Tell them you are sick and tired of the repeated attempts by liberals in Congress and the Obama Administration to craft egregious "reform" proposals behind closed doors, market that legislation to the American people as something that it is not and then try to ram that legislation through Congress before anyone is any the wiser.

Demand, once and for all, that they stop the deceptions... the secret meetings... the legislative chicanery... the procedural tricks... the dark-of-night votes... the outright lies. Demand that they scrap ObamaCare once and for all and start over with measures that will actually make health care more accessible and affordable to Americans. Demand they defeat H.R. 3962.

Here Are A Few More Little Nasties In Pelosi's H.R. 3962.

We're not finished. It would be impossible to mention every egregious provision in Pelosi's 1,990 page bill, but here are a few more notables... just in case your blood isn't already boiling.

Page 110 - Section 222(e) requires the use of federal dollars to fund abortions through the government-run health plan—and, if the Hyde Amendment were ever not renewed, would require the plan to fund elective abortions.

Page 313 - Section 512 imposes an 8 percent "tax on jobs" for firms that cannot afford to purchase "bureaucrat-approved" health coverage; according to an analysis by Harvard Professor Kate Baicker, such a tax would place millions "at substantial risk of unemployment"—with minority workers losing their jobs at twice the rate of their white counterparts.

Page 336 - Section 551 imposes additional job-killing taxes, in the form of a half-trillion dollar "surcharge," more than half of which will hit small businesses; according to a model developed by President Obama's senior economic advisor, such taxes could cost up to 5.5 million jobs.

Page 520 - Section 1161 cuts more than 150 billion [dollars] from Medicare Advantage plans, potentially jeopardizing millions of seniors' existing coverage.

Page 733 - Section 1401 establishes a new Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research; the bill includes no provisions preventing the government-run health plan from using such research to deny access to life-saving treatments on cost grounds, similar to Britain's National Health Service, which denies patient treatments costing more than 35,000 [pounds].

And last, but certainly not least:

Page 1174 - Section 1802(b) includes provisions entitled 'Taxes On Certain Insurance Policies' to fund comparative effectiveness research, breaking Speaker Pelosi's promise that 'We will not be taxing [health] benefits in any bill that passes the House,' and the President's promise not to raise taxes on families with incomes under 250,000 [dollars].

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Today, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail. The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

In response to the JCT letter, Camp said: “This is the ultimate example of the Democrats’ command-and-control style of governing – buy what we tell you or go to jail. It is outrageous and it should be stopped immediately.”

Key excerpts from the JCT letter appear below:

“H.R. 3962 provides that an individual (or a husband and wife in the case of a joint return) who does not, at any time during the taxable year, maintain acceptable health insurance coverage for himself or herself and each of his or her qualifying children is subject to an additional tax.” [page 1]

“If the government determines that the taxpayer’s unpaid tax liability results from willful behavior, the following penalties could apply…” [page 2]

“Criminal penalties

Prosecution is authorized under the Code for a variety of offenses. Depending on the level of the noncompliance, the following penalties could apply to an individual:

• Section 7203 – misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

• Section 7201 – felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.” [page 3]

When confronted with this same issue during its consideration of a similar individual mandate tax, the Senate Finance Committee worked on a bipartisan basis to include language in its bill that shielded Americans from civil and criminal penalties. The Pelosi bill, however, contains no similar language protecting American citizens from civil and criminal tax penalties that could include a $250,000 fine and five years in jail.

“The Senate Finance Committee had the good sense to eliminate the extreme penalty of incarceration. Speaker Pelosi’s decision to leave in the jail time provision is a threat to every family who cannot afford the $15,000 premium her plan creates. Fortunately, Republicans have an alternative that will lower health insurance costs without raising taxes or cutting Medicare,” said Camp.

According to the Congressional Budget Office the lowest cost family non-group plan under the Speaker’s bill would cost $15,000 in 2016.




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