(Boston Herald)– The state’s health insurance connector — the highly touted agency that aims to bring cheap medical care to the masses — has turned into a legal pit bull by aggressively going after a growing number of Bay Staters who say they can’t afford mandated insurance — or the penalties imposed for not having it.
The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority is cracking down on more than 3,000 residents who are fighting state fines, and has even hired a private law firm to force the health insurance scofflaws to pay penalties of up to $2,000 a year.
All told, more than 7,700 people have appealed state fines for not having health insurance, according to connector spokesman Richard Powers. The agency has hired several private attorneys at $50 an hour to hear many of the appeals, and some 3,150 of them have been denied — and the losers told to pay up.
The connector has also hired the Hub law firm Bowman & Penski — at $125 an hour — to defend itself against 13 lawsuits filed by fed-up taxpayers who insist they can’t afford state required insurance premiums or the escalating fines.
National watchdogs say the Bay State’s battles with cash-strapped taxpayers foreshadow troubles on the horizon for the Obama administration’s health-care plan.
“Every problem that Massachusetts is running into right now, the federal government will confront in 2014,” said Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the conservative Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.
Suppose John Smith was arrested for robbing a convenience store. He’s indicted and tried. At the trial Mr. Smith presents exculpatory evidence that proves his innocence and the jury returns a “Not Guilty” verdict. Then, the judge sentences Mr. Smith to five years in prison. His guilt or innocence is irrelevant. The sentence is for being accused.
Ridiculous. Absurd. Never happen.
While the penalty isn’t nearly as severe, this what faces every American who makes his or her living driving a commercial vehicle.
Current federal law mandates that any moving violation brought against the holder of a Commercial Drivers License must be reported to the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration regardless of the disposition of the charge. A point system is in place and as few as two minor moving violations in 36 months (even if dismissed by the court) could result is revocation of the CDL.
Many judges see this as an infringement on their authority and refuse to comply with reporting dismissed violations. The feds are fighting back with “Anti-Masking” laws. Judges can now face sanctions for refusing to comply.
Private citizen publicly humiliates government fascist thug, government fascists retaliate by “investigating” citizen with an eye to robbing him blind.you will submit to our humilating groping.
TSA agents are not the enemy. They just trying to do their job and go home
no, they are the enemy. they are enabling the draconian practices. they are the footsoldiers of the pc overlords who have decided that trampling our rights is preferable to using common sense and directing thier effort towards muslims who are responsible for all of this in the first place.
lots of german camp guards just did what they were told becuase they wanted a job too.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
McCaskill defends TSA groin checks… Calls them “love pats.”Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri said prior to Pistole’s testimony that she believed TSA was in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation, because people would be hopping mad at TSA if Christmas bomber Umar Farouk Adbulmutallab had succeeded. She went on to say the new advanced imaging technology–which has caused uproar because of its leave-no-secrets imaging and potential health risks–is more of a blessing than a curse.
“I’m wildly excited that I can walk through a machine instead of getting my dose of love pats,” Sen. McCaskill said.
umm, macaskel your an idiot. and the unsuccessful bombing attempt was foiled becuase of passengers and had nothing to do with the tsa.
as the rest of rational america recognizes the real problem (islam) these morans continue to grope granny and 3 year ols.