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Obamacare: Buy insurance, pay $1900/year fee, or go to jail
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Politico: Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from the House-Senate 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. 

(This fee would be added to your federal taxes each year if you do not buy health insurance.  If you refuse or fail to pay this portion of your taxes, that would be misdemeanor tax evasion and here is what happens....)

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.

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PDF: Barthold letter

POLITICO: Flout the mandate penalty? Face the IRS

POLITICO: Ensign receives handwritten confirmation 

Background: Thomas Barthold to Become Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff

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