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HEALTH: A mandate is already in place

Letter by Sharon Vasel, Tacoma on July 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm with No Comments »
July 9, 2012 2:59 pm

On “Face the Nation” Sunday, I heard House Speaker John Boehner say that the Republicans oppose a government mandate that penalizes persons who do not pay for health insurance. He needs to know there is a government mandate already in force.

When I signed up for Medicare Part B and did not sign up for Medicare Part D, prescription coverage, I was penalized. I will be paying a penalty of $3.70 a month for the rest of my life. New to Medicare, I’m assuming this will be many payments. I was unaware of this, but ignorance of the law is no excuse.

I now have Part D, too, or the penalty would be more.


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