July 3, 2012
Being a convicted felon in America is starting to look pretty good.
Let me back up a second and explain:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as ObamaCare, became law on March 23, 2010.
Within the law, there is a provision that requires all Americans to have private health insurance coverage starting in 2014.
Any American who does not meet this ‘individual mandate’ will have to pay a penalty, up to 2.5% of his/her income, to the IRS.
The individual mandate was one of the provisions that was contested and argued all the way up to the Supreme Court: is it possibly Constitutional that Congress can penalize Americans… tax Americans…for something that they -don’t- do?
As it turns out, yes… at least, in the opinion of the court.
Last Thursday, the Supreme Court announced that Congress does, in fact, have the right to tax Americans on what they don’t do, i.e. NOT having health insurance.
Here’s the ironic part– there are a few exceptions to the individual mandate clause:
1) If you’re flat broke. The law stipulates that anyone whose income falls below 133% of the federal government’s decreed ‘poverty line’ can receive taxpayer and Chinese-funded Medicaid.
2) If you’re religion disallows it. There are a few recognized religions out there which are adamantly opposed to medical care. As such, people of these faiths are exempt from the individual mandate to buy healthcare coverage.
3) If you’re incarcerated. That’s right. If you’re serving prison time, you are also exempt from the individual mandate.
Ironically, this means that convicted felons will have at least one freedom that the rest of the sheeple wandering around on the streets don’t have.
Oh, there’s actually one more exemption–
4) Expats. The law exempts any US citizen or resident alien who is not “lawfully present in the United States.”
So what does ‘not lawfully present’ mean exactly? There are three tests:
A) You are a resident of any US possession; right now this includes American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands;
B) You are outside of the United States for at least 330-days in any 12-month period.
C) You are a bona fide resident of a single foreign country for an entire tax year.
This covers a lot of ground which I will explain in more detail another time, but to put it succinctly, expats who are living full time (or most of the time) overseas easily qualify.
So if you’re looking to ditch ObamaCare, you can either become destitute, change your religion, rob a liquor store… or start living a new life full of freedom and opportunity overseas.
You can just imagine which one I will wholeheartedly recommend.