Reason #129 why I'm no longer a Democrat...
Is it fair to send people to jail for not buying health insurance? Well, what better way to make sure someone doesn't get sick, go to the emergency room, and send the bill to all of us than to send that person to jail, which means losing all the tax revenue from his or her employment, paying tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars per year to feed and house this person, and then providing the new prisoner with quality health care paid for by ... all of us?
And if jail time for not buying health insurance actually is a "myth" about Speaker Pelosi's House version of the bill -- as "Karina" over at the Speaker's blog writes, even if "Karina" does simultaneously allow for "criminal prosecutions" under "extremely rare circumstances" -- then why not just say that, Speaker Pelosi? Unless maybe you don't even know what's really in that 1,990-page bill.
Or unless you're trying to have it both ways.