Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Repealing the Individual Mandate on the Health Care Bill

From Eric Cantor
Republican Whip's Office

The Republican Motion to Recommit H.R. 5486, the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act, would repeal the unconstitutional individual mandate included in the Democrats’ new Health Care law.

The Democrats’ recently enacted government take-over of Health Care requires every American to purchase health insurance or pay a new tax if they don’t purchase an “acceptable” form of coverage.

CBO estimates that by 2016, the individual mandate tax penalty will hit the middle- and low-income Americans the hardest with roughly 75% of Americans who pay this tax having household incomes below 500% of the Federal Poverty Level. Because of this, repealing the mandate will reduce the deficit - if individuals are not forced to buy insurance, then they will also not be forced to accept taxpayer-funded subsidies to help them afford the mandated insurance. (The MTR would reduce the deficit by $252 billion over the 2010-2020 timeframe)

Because the individual mandate is enforced by a tax penalty, the IRS will have to hire additional Federal employees to implement the law. Repealing the mandate thus reduces the thousands of IRS employees expected to be hired to enforce the new health care law (and reduces the Federal payroll).

This MTR is a vote for personal choice and deficit reduction. As Americans, we expect the right to choose what we purchase – we don’t need Washington telling us what to buy. With the debt now topping $13 Trillion, every opportunity to reduce the deficit and stop spending must be taken seriously.

While Members of Congress can vote on this common-sense motion on the House floor, Americans can vote on and read the proposal at

"It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless
minority, keen on setting brush fires of freedom in the minds of men." --Samuel Adams

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good stuff. Thanks for the link.