An organization that believes in lower taxes, smaller government, and more freedom is urging like-minded activists to join them in a campaign to resist ObamaCare – simply by exercising an option available under the law itself.
The campaign, launched last week by the DC-based organization FreedomWorks, uses the symbolic reference to a “card” to summarize what it calls “the compulsory recruitment of Americans to participate in government-run healthcare.”
"ObamaCare is like a military draft. Washington is dictating what everybody has to do, and it falls hardest on young people,” says Dean Clancy, vice president of public policy for FreedomWorks. “ObamaCare makes everybody buy health insurance, whether it's a good deal for them or not.”
It has been duly noted that without forced premium payments by millions of healthy, young adults, the mandated healthcare law will not work. So FreedomWorks is encouraging pro-small government activists to “peacefully opt-out” of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“It’s not against the law to ignore the mandate or to buy coverage that doesn’t fully conform to the law’s complicated and intrusive rules,” explains Clancy. “So we're saying Pay the fine; don't buy the overpriced government-controlled insurance - or buy insurance that meets your family's needs rather than what Washington thinks is best.
What will the fine be for not buying health insurance? Initially, it will be $95 or 1% of an individual’s income, whichever is greater. The penalty will increase to $325 or 2% percent of that income in 2015, and then to $695 or 2.5% in 2016. According to Clancy, by paying the fine "you would be effectively defying the mandate without breaking the law."
The campaign includes online video trainings for people wanting to know “how to beat the mandate,” as well as educational manuals outlining how to protect a person's rights. FreedomWorks is also partnering with youth outreach organizations to take the message to college campuses across the country.
"We think that the future of freedom and of healthcare,” says Clancy, “is in the hands of ‘Millenials’ – adults in their 20s and 30s who will bear the brunt of this healthcare mandate and who have it in their power to hasten the decline of government-run healthcare by burning their ObamaCare card, by doing what's right for them."
As of now, nine exemptions are documented in the healthcare law. They involve people such as illegal immigrants, the Amish, and people who cannot afford even the cheapest health care plan that qualifies under the healthcare law.