[Additional Additional- Ahem Anti-Editor’s Note: I appreciate your concern. My sincere apologies. But I must not be distracted in my quest(s). I’m reading Cicero:The Life and Times of Rome’s something or other Politician. by Anthony Everitt. Very good. I suggest you get it. $16. For your shelf. I don’t give a fuck if you read it. You should. You would love it.. it’s just… well, he was a lawyer and all, and… I mean, they say he was the best, I’m jus sayin… maybe like you should have it. I’ll read my email tomorrow… morning. swear.]
[Additional Editor’s Note: You also need to lose this fixation with not checking your e-mail.]
[Editor’s Note: Jesus Christ! 66 comments. Although, I can’t really consider myself an editor. Not until I lose this fixation with alcohol and Russian spies… This was my plan, though. From the very start. I wanted Bif and Holmes more involved, as well as some others. I would say I have been 85% successful. I wish I had something interesting to talk about. Maybe swine flu will make a comeback. I know ABC News is pushing it.]
If you want to follow along with me, and explore some of the nooks and crannies of this monstrous farce, here’s a link to the text of H.R. 3962.
As an ignominious point of departure, according to Sec. 59b of the bill, individuals who fail to maintain “Acceptable Coverage” are subject to a tax penalty up to the “applicable national average premium for such taxable year.”
Naturally, there are exceptions [under subsection (c)], such as for NONRESIDENT ALIENS. Notice there’s no exception for RESIDENT ALIENS (i.e., those who have a Green Card, or who were physically present in the U.S. for 31 days during the current year and 183 days during a three-year period that includes the current year and the two years immediately before that).
And there’s a RELIGIOUS CONSCIENCE EXEMPTION, set forth below:
‘(5) RELIGIOUS CONSCIENCE EXEMPTION-
(A) IN GENERAL- Subsection (a) shall not apply to any individual (and any qualifying child residing with such individual) for any period if such individual has in effect an exemption which certifies that such individual is a member of a recognized religious sect or division thereof described in section 1402(g)(1) and an adherent of established tenets or teachings of such sect or division as described in such section.
‘(B) EXEMPTION- An application for the exemption described in subparagraph (A) shall be filed with the Secretary at such time and in such form and manner as the Secretary may prescribe. The Secretary may treat an application for exemption under section 1402(g)(1) as an application for exemption under this section, or may otherwise coordinate applications under such sections, as the Secretary determines appropriate. Any such exemption granted by the Secretary shall be effective for such period as the Secretary determines appropriate.
Uhhh… H.R. 3962 doesn’t include a section 1402(g)(1). (Jus a little typo, probably, as I’m reasonably sure they intended to refer to 1402(g)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. )
Anyway, as I was saying, MEDICARE (Coverage under part A of title XVIII of the Social Security Act) and MEDICAID (Coverage for medical assistance under title XIX of the Social Security Act) are considered to be Acceptable Coverage.
I’m no expert in MEDICAID, but it sounds like anyone who is sufficiently poor isn’t going to have to pay for anything. Fair enough, I guess.
It also appears that RESIDENT ALIENS, if they qualify for MEDICAID, will be considered to have obtained Acceptable Coverage. Business as usual.
As to NONRESIDENT ALIENS, well… that’s what emergency rooms are for. More business as usual.
So what are conservatives getting so riled up about?$?
It’s all in the bill, except for the parts that aren’t. I will mine and deconstruct for you additional nuggets of H.R. 3962 legislative grandeur, as my schedule and interest in the topic permit.
God bless America. Land of the Pathologically Stupid.