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Marco Rubio threatens long arm of the IRS in wake of health care decision

Following today's U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., threatened a downturn in the economy and a world where the IRS would "chase you around" for payment if you don't buy health insurance.

"Guess who you have to prove to that you have insurance? Your neighborhood, friendly IRS. Millions of Americans now have an IRS problem, because they don't have health insurance," Rubio said on the Senate floor Thursday.

He cited examples of people who would be fined $1,100 if they didn't buy a $1,600 insurance policy.

"My friends, this is a middle class tax increase," Rubio said of the mandate that the court upheld Thursday. "And millions of Americans now have an IRS problem. You will now have to for the first time in American history prove that you have health insurance or you will have to deal with the IRS.

Here's a helpful chart explaining how the mandate works and who would be penalized if they don't buy health insurance.

Rubio also acknowledged that the greater problem is the affordability and availability of health insurance, particularly for people who don't have access to it through their workplace. He said he wished more Americans could get health insurance the way Congress does. "You get to choose. Most Americans don't have that choice."

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whasup

Conservatives and Republicans, and all the yammering bobble-heads, are missing the main point.

Thanks to Chief Justice Roberts, Congress can now pass all kinds of taxes it wants to ... without even having to call them "taxes"!

Yikes.

Hide your wallets and bank accounts, folks ... quick.

Cindy Graves

Congress has always been able to impose unlimited taxes - that is the law! It our job to cut though the spin and vote the liberal scoundrels out! American Civics 101

Tally Folly

Republicans are all patriotic until it comes to paying for their beloved country, and the wars they start.

Yikkkkessss

Nothing to do with liberal or republican, corporate profits plain and simple. Their margins are the only thing that explain why we pay so much for healthcare. 6% of healthcare dollars go to physicians.

Its scary if you read how the irs's expansion. The sharing of healthcare coverage either by an employer to them, including everyone in your house covered, names/ssn. Which is shared across state agencies and with insurance companies.

And if they arent providing proof you have to to avoid a penalty that will be capped at 2.5% of your income or a "bronze" coverage rate of a premium. Even if you didnt use a thing

They have access to your health info no matter what, the premium tax credit requires you to give all your info and when you file this your employer gets a penalty for not covering enough of the cost of a "benchmark" health plan or backdated average of premiums across the country ie lower than the actual cost of the premium

This is just larger business with 50 plus workers but everyone else still need to show proof without a fine which by their own definition will be equal to the cost of a health plan

They willl have every last doc visit and medication taken with what they require and with sharing of information they are allowed, you and everyone on your return

7.85% SS and medicare tax, 2.5% insurance tax, 20%ish fed income tax avg, 4%ish state income tax, property tax.....

You basically cant earn a living wage

repeal obamacare

Vote Mitt Romney 2012 EVERYONE!

drake mallard

How come Politician complain about obama health care when taxpayers are paying for there family socialized medicine?

everybody knows the "REAL MARCO RUBIo"

as House speaker when he spent nearly $400,000 on office renovations.

Spented thousands with GOP credit card

Rubio's 2010 senate campaign was fined $8,000 by the Federal
Elections Committee for receiving "prohibited, excessive and other
impermissible contributions totaling $210,173.09."it time to recall this clown

Before the March 2000 session, Rubio was hardly the scorching
conservative who would later woo Tea Partiers nationwide. He said he'd
focus on supporting early education and community policing. And he
wasn't particularly passionate about cutting spending. In his first
three years, he supported adding a $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to
fund a Marlins stadium and a $1.2 million earmark to build new bike
paths in his district

Records show Rubio sent payments to American Express totaling $13,900
for his personal expenses during his tenure as House speaker. But those
payments were not made monthly. He made no contributions to the bill
during a six-month stretch in 2007, records show.

One committee paid relatives nearly $14,000 for what was incorrectly
described to the IRS as "courier fees" and listed a nonexistent address
for one of them. Another committee paid $5,700 to his wife, who was
listed as the treasurer, much of it for "gas and meals."

Rubio's spending continued in 2005 when the Republican Party of
Florida handed him a credit card to use at his own discretion. While
serving as House speaker in 2007 and 2008, he charged thousands of
dollars in restaurant tabs to the state party at the same time taxpayers
were subsidizing his meals in Tallahassee.

Rubio's wife, former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Jeanette Dousdebes,
served as the committee's treasurer. In reports filed with the state,
Rubio and his wife failed to disclose more than $34,000 in expenses over
an 18-month period.

Marco Rubio was facing foreclosure on a Tallahassee house after
missing five months of mortgage payments, according to a lawsuit filed
in Leon County Circuit Court

joe blow

hahahahahahaha!
Little Marco knows a lot about the IRS chasing people around.
but when you're a scumbag little wetback like Marco who charges hundreds of thousands of dollars to your RPOF AMEX card and doesn't pay any tax you've got a problem.
when you double bill taxpayers for the same charges you were reimbursed for you've got a problem.
when you collect millions in special interest 527 money and use it as your own personal piggybank while not paying taxes you've got a problem.
Poor Little Marco! The IRS already has been investigating him over the past three years since all of his financial irregularities hit the airwaves.
Little Marco can tell you all about the long arm of the IRS!
If he doesn't like it here, then he can GO BACK TO CUBA and see how well Fidel will welcome him! LOL!

Joe the worker

Wow, the left weenies must really be afraid of Marco, start trying to smear him this early? I have news for you, he already has my conservitive vote! Look out, GOP is comming back!

Robert Jenkins

This coming from a person, who had to make deals, ammend his tax returns,pay penalties, and is still under investigation by governtal agencies, that could create other tax liabilties. So Sen Rubio knows the power of the I.R.S. first hand; thus he can actually speak from experience!!! So Sen. Rubio, where or what is your stance on personal responsibilty? As several times, I've heard you speak to personal responsibilty. Now that there is a move to be personally responsible; you speak against, personal responsibilty?

Juana Maria Garcia-Domenech

This is where I have a problem. If you are unemployed, can you really afford to buy through the excahnge? From the examples here $4500.00 a year translates into $375.00 per month. Can you afford that being unemployed?

Lindad

just shut up puko!

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