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A Republic, If You Can Keep It

"It's not a tax," but you can be fined or jailed for not paying it:

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.

Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold."

The Big Lie, of course, is that mandatory health insurance is somehow analogous to mandatory auto insurance. Not so. Auto insurance is the price you pay for for driving on public roads. Don't drive, don't pay.

But this? Americans required to purchase insurance as the price to keep their asses out of jail? You know, this one time we launched a revolution rather than pay a few small taxes and fees, which weren't enforced very well and were pretty easy to avoid.

And now this? Have we become such sheep that we'll gladly trade our liberty for the illusory security of socialized medicine?