I just posted the following in response to a story at the Deseret News regarding the payment those who forego insurance must remit:
From the article: “The uninsured risk IRS fines.”
The IRS doesn’t have to worry about such messy, inconvenient concepts as due process. That’s why, if it decides you owe the Government something (even if it might be mistaken), it can, e.g., reach its grubby little hands into your bank account and suck that account dry. Fines, however, are a different matter. Because fines are a criminal or administrative penalty, the Government owes those against whom it levies such fines at least a minimum of due process. Obama Administration officials, wary of incurring public ire for raising taxes, repeatedly told the public that ACA payments are NOT fines; then, cognizant of the point I just raised, Obama’s Solicitor General went into court and made precisely the OPPOSITE argument.
You say “tax,” I say “fine.” You say “to-may-to,” I say, “to-mah-to.” You say, “po-tay-to,” I say, “po-tah-to.” Tax, fine, po-tay-to, po-tah-to. Let’s call the whole thing off?? It’s not simply a matter of pronunciation or semantics. Outside of “Alice in Wonderland,” words are supposed to mean things. Let’s see if the Supreme Court remembers this time what it forgot the last time it considered the ACA.