What if Americans Rebel Against Obamacare?

Britney Logan,

 If Obama himself can simply ignore laws he does not like, does that mean the American people can, too? Doctors, hospitals, and entire states across the country have all began to all openly refuse to participate in complying with the “Affordable” Care Act; this in and of itself is an act of rebellion.

But what if Americans, as a whole, joined in?

From Washington Examiner:

Even if they know having health insurance is better than not having it, what if they refuse to be forced to buy the kind of coverage dictated by the government — which may not really meet their needs — at prices they don’t want to pay? What then?

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“I don’t think Obamacare can survive without people wanting to buy it,” Bob Laszewski, the respected health care analyst whose writings on Obamacare have become essential in recent months, told me in an email exchange recently. “How the hell are you going to enforce a mandate to buy something that people don’t think is valuable enough to buy? If the uninsured don’t start to see value in Obamacare and buy it, is the Democratic solution to fine the heck out of them until it hurts so much they have to buy it? Great political strategy!”

Of course, that’s exactly what the strategy is. Democrats designed the penalty for not having “minimum essential coverage” to start low and increase rapidly. For this year, according to a chart prepared by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the penalty is $95 per adult and $47.50 per child. But the penalty cannot rise above $285, or one percent of family income, whichever is higher. […]

The penalty increases drastically after that in the second year to $325 per adult and $162.50 per child. There is another increase the following year to $695 per adult and $347.50 per child. According to Washington Examiner, “The only limit on the penalty is that it cannot be higher than the national average premium for a Bronze Plan purchased on the Obamacare exchanges. According to the Congressional Budget Office, that could be as much as $5,000 in 2016.” And the penalties will continue to increase after that. 

Washington Examiner continues:

But Democrats in Congress feared public reaction to actually forcing Americans to write a check to the government to cover the penalty. So instead, the Internal Revenue Service, which is charged with enforcing Obamacare, will subtract the penalty from the tax refunds of those Americans who incur the penalty, provided they are due a refund. Otherwise, the IRS will not have a way to collect the money.

“In the first year, the mandate is useless,” said Laszewski. “One percent isn’t strong enough. The IRS can’t really collect it anyway from anyone who wants to flaunt it. Then we get to the second and third year. Two percent in 2015 and 2.5 percent in 2016. Now we have real money. The IRS still can’t collect it, but lots of people will still be troubled by it because they won’t like getting nasty letters from the IRS.”

As Laszewski sees it, the mandate could become extremely unpopular — it’s already by far the least popular part of Obamacare — if policies are not what the public wants to buy. Who would want to be forced to buy something he or she doesn’t want? That something is not insurance itself — it is insurance that is ill-fitting and overpriced. “The problem is that the government will be hard pressed to collect a fine on something lots of people don’t believe has value,” Laszewski said. “This is when it will become a huge political albatross. At the core Obamacare is not sustainable, and the mandate/fine is not politically sustainable, if there are lots of middle class people who see Obamacare as a poor value.”

Laszewski does not believe forcing people to purchase health insurance at all costs, whether they need it or not, is going to work. “If enough dissatisfied Americans simply don’t buy the product,” Byron York of the Washington Examiner writes, “that would create political momentum ‘to get rid of the mandate/fine — which is effectively the same thing as getting rid of Obamacare.‘”

Support for socialized medicine continues to drop as people across the country try to find a way out of Obama’s destructive legislation. We have reported extensively about state efforts to “nullify” Obamacare:

Obamacare is being waged on a half-dozen fronts and we are not going to give up. If you agree, help spread the word by sharing this article on Facebook and Twitter.