The Individual Mandate is only a 'pretend' law

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    So, it sounds like bullshit to me, but the apologists for Obamacare insist that the 'individual mandate' isn't a real law. Apparently there's language right there in the legislation that makes it null and void. That's right, the ACA doesn't actually 'force' anyone to buy insurance. In fact, they claim, the law specifically states that no legal action can be brought against anyone who refuses to comply. Now, if you believe that, I have an important investment opportunity I'd like to talk to you about. But for the time being, let's take them at their (likely spurious) word.

    Clearly, the best strategy for all of us who aren't currently sick is to cancel our insurance as soon as the law takes effect. Take care of yourself out of pocket until you get seriously ill, and then sign up. Anything else would be idiotic. And you can do so without any repercussion.

    Also, it's not a tax. Except when it is. And then, of course, it isn't.

    "Look at the monkey. Look at the silly monkey!"
     
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    Let's not forget that Social Security is 'technically' optional. And if you opt out, they don't take it out of your paycheck.
     
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    Some people just seem to be looking for the slimmest thread to hang on to hope that their guy isn't a corporate stooge like all the rest. Obama didn't really sell us out, see, you just have to read between the lines!
     
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    Nice plan, but flawed since you can only sign up during open enrollment periods. What happens when you become deathly ill and need to wait 11 months for the next enrollment period?
     
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    Oh he definitely is. Anyone who hands insurance companies 30+ million more customers is not anti-private insurance.
     
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    I've heard that discussed as a remedy to scofflaws such as myself, but I don't believe it's in the current law. Are you sure?
     
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    You go to the ER of course. Like everyone else is going to do.
     
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    Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's still there. I'd have to go look it up again but it was there last time I checked. It makes sense to include it because people could try and game the system in the way you described. It's an easy solution to that.
     
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    Thats the problem we had which was helping to cause this whole mess. That solves nothing. And an ER only stabilizes you, nothing more.
     
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    The easiest solution would be to simply shoot everyone who becomes sick. Then nobody needs to pay for health insurance.
     

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