Here’s How Much You’ll Pay Not To Enroll In Obamacare

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released the penalty schedule for people who choose to remain uninsured once Obamacare takes effect, revealing a punitive fee schedule that starts with a relatively low dollar amount in 2014 and increases dramatically by the third full year of implementation.

If you’re a single adult who makes less than $10,000 a year, expect to pay $95 for opting out of health care coverage in 2014. If you make more than that and you’re single, you’ll pay one percent of your annual income above the $10,000 filing threshold (the filing threshold bumps up to $20,000 for families.)

In other words, a single person earning $40,000 a year will have to pay a $300 penalty to opt out of coverage. A family with a household income of $40,000 would be penalized $200 in 2014.

In 2015, the number ramps up to a flat $325 – or 2 percent of annual income (whichever is greater). For 2016 and beyond, the penalty will be the greater of $695 or 2.5 percent of annual income.

Those numbers are for single adults. Uninsured children are penalized at half the adult rate.

The penalties have an annual maximum. They can’t exceed the National average premium that people will be paying to receive the so-called “bronze” (i.e., cheapest) coverage plan offered by State-run insurance exchanges. The catch is that even the bronze level of coverage is expected to grow more expensive, with annual premiums forecast to reach $5,000 for individual plans by 2016.

There are exemptions from the penalties. But unless you’re an illegal alien, an American Indian or earn so little that you don’t have to file a tax return, you’re likely out of luck.

Unless, that is, you live in one of the States with a Republican Governor who’s pledged not to expand the Medicaid program as the Affordable Care Act prescribes. Ironically, poor people in the holdout States will be exempt.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • equestrian_colt

    Regardless how much money you say I or anyone has to pay your still never going to get a penny from me. PERIOD and if you send in your lap dogs they will get shot and then I’m coming for you.

    • Ron S

      keep your guns ready and keep hoarding bullets…i hope one day i meet you on the battlefield friend!!!

  • equestrian_colt

    Take that to the bank and shove it Odumbass and his anus sucking Democraps.

  • equestrian_colt

    This is unconstitutional you nor can any one force people to pay for any kind of insurance PERIOD. So this is null and void. Which makes it illegal and you sending lap dogs to do your dirty work is a violation of anyone’s rights and is a terrorist act and will be dealt like so.

    • Vis Fac

      it’s not about insurance or that the government even cares if you have insurance it’s a PEOPLE CONTROL issue. The government says jump and you are supposed to say how high on the way up. Power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely. The more the government gets away with the more they’ll take until there is NOTHING left to take.

      A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president… A democracy can best be described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch with a well armed sheep contesting the vote!
      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • TheSilverRanger

        I agree. It’s always been about control, my friend. We’re all beasts in the same jungle. Do you know how to block something like Obamacare from affecting you? Learn from what the Schecter Brothers did during the Great Depression; sue on the grounds of Freedom of Religion.

        • Vis Fac

          Fortunately I have retired and don’t have an income to tax so I am somewhat insulated from ODUMBOCARE. My middle daughter is a physician and works at the VA. She says a number of her classmates are considering other professions as the restrictions in ODUMBOCARE don’t allow for many necessary procedures that need to be done in a timely manner, and that if procedures aren’t approved people will suffer.

          Many doctors say they are going to do them anyway and face stiff fines for not following what ODUMBOCARE dictates.

          A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president… A democracy can best be described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch with a well armed sheep contesting the vote!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          Semper-Fi

  • 57girl

    Unbelievable. If our Government can think of legal ways to rob us, they make up ways to take our money. Why is it again, we haven’t tossed all of their asses out into the street, yet?

    • MargaretJacobson

      The voting public are just too dumbed down to think beyond the propaganda !

  • Dajeno

    Well, I hope all all the intelligent easily bamoobzaled liberals who voted for the Ahab the Arab get the witch doctor of there choice.

  • jzandensky

    Fu(k you. very. much, O-team.