Well, I just got my “second reminder” about my “shared responsibility” payment – which I have not paid and do not intend to pay. The letter states that ” . . .if you don’t pay $701.69 by August 30, 2018, the amount of interest you owe will increase.”
Very interesting, this business about “owing” interest on a debt I never incurred.
Some people I have never met in a far-away place decided I must send money to a privately owned, for-profit business for services I am uninterested in purchasing. Put simply, in plain language, a private business has somehow managed to get the federal government to act as its collections agency – and not for any debt contracted by people such as myself but to force them to buy services they have no interest in buying.
Even those who believe taxation is legitimate rather than the euphemized/legalized theft it seems to be to me ought to be at least slightly unsettled by this “shared responsibility” thing, which isn’t about funding the government.
It is about funding the insurance mafia.
The thing is halting, when you ponder it for even a moment. If Blue Cross – and so on – can use the government to force people to buy their product, I see no logical reason why General Motors, for instance, cannot also use the government to force people to buy a new car every so often.
The same arguments can be used. Is it not true that people who drive older cars, without all the latest saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety features, are at least potentially threatening the social body with higher costs, because their older, less saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafe cars are more likely to crash and if they do crash, the driver stands a greater chance of being injured and injured more severely?
Isn’t it wrong that people who do buy new cars are, in effect, paying more because not everyone is buying new cars, thereby more equally and fairly distributing the cost?
The fact that you keep your older car well-maintained and are a safe driver – no accidents in years, no claims filed against you, ever – seems to me to cut no more logical ice than the argument that I maintain my body, am in excellent health, have no chronic health issues and have not incurred even 10 cents’ worth of costs for my “care” on anyone.
In both case, the counterargument is – you might.
And therefore, you must.
Pay up, that is.
For services you not only didn’t contract for but which you haven’t even used. It’s a double gyp – like being forced to pay for a hotel suite in a city you never set foot in – and then punished for not paying “your” mini-bar bill.
The good news is that – for the moment – the hounds are fairly toothless. All the feds can do on behalf of their employers – the insurance mafia, I mean – is threaten collections.
They cannot actually collect.
Well, they can withhold. If you “owe” a “shared responsibility” payment, they can apply what you “owe” against any “refund” due you from your actual taxes – the euphemized theft which goes to fund whatever the government does, along with the legions of government workers who ride us like lampreys do sharks.
But they cannot – for now – seize what you “owe” from your bank account or place a lien on your property to compel you to hand over what you “owe” that way.
The worry, though, is that this will change.
It is true that the current Decider decided to rescind the “individual mandate” – the gun jabbed in our ribs by the insurance mafia, compelling us to hand over money for services we don’t want and haven’t used – effective next year. But the mandate is still in force this year – and all the years prior.
Thus, if you declined to hand over your protection money to the mafia this year or last year or any of the years prior to 2019, you will “owe” a “shared responsibility” payment and it will remain on the books, accruing interest.
When a new Decider is (s)elected by a minority of the population (only about half the voting-eligible population actually votes in a presidential election and the winner is chosen by about half of that half, or about 26 percent of “the people”) he or she may simply decide to reinstate the “individual mandate” and change the law such that the Luca Brasi arm of the insurance mafia – the Eye Are Ess – acquires more than the power to merely withhold.
If that happens – and it is not unlikely to happen – millions of “shared responsibility” refuseniks could suddenly be facing financial ruin as the accumulated fines plus interest suddenly become “due” and collectible.
And if that does happen, maybe – just maybe – some of them will decide to fight back and perhaps with more than words.
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