Thursday, April 08, 2010

What is a Mandate?

Representative Wasserman Schultz of Florida claimed during a Town Hall meeting that there was no requirement, nor any mandate that you the individual must buy Health Insurance.

Yet, the the law itself says that coverage is Required. Otherwise you are charged an additional tax to offset the cost to the others that you cause them to pay by not having insurance.

From the Law text itself as quoted by the News Article linked above.

REQUIREMENT TO MAINTAIN MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE.—An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for such month

Now, I don't know about you. But when a law is passed and is enforced with a fine, including forfeiture of all your tax refund, over the simple fact that you may not have an approved insurance policy for your health care, then I have to wonder what Required really means.

Obviously Representative Wasserman Schultz of Florida has a different definition of Mandate, or Required. A definition that is strangely out of step with the rest of us as well as the text of the law she voted to pass.

One must wonder what Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz uses Required for if not the way that the Dictionary defines it. This is obviously a play on words, an attempt to tell people that up is down, left is right, and black is not black, but actually white. In other words, it's a lie.

When Required is used in the bill you voted for, how can you possibly claim that the thing the law says is Required, isn't actually mandated, or commanded. The law says it is. The law you voted for.

One can only hope that the voters in her district decide that re-elect actually means fire outright this November.

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