IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman claimed at a National Press Club luncheon that the so-called individual mandate in the new health-care “reform” law will not be punitive. Although the bill requires the IRS to tell individual tax filers to pay a fine if their level of health insurance does not meet certain minimum government standards, Shulman apparently asserted that it will be up to the individual to pay the fine or not.
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Since when have fines been voluntary? And, if this really is voluntary, what individual would actually pay the amount? It really doesn’t seem to add up.
Still, Shulman claims that the IRS will neither forcibly take the money nor pursue criminal charges. Government imposing a fine without actually technically imposing it? What’s wrong with this picture?