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Jail time for people who don't buy health insurance?

By Louis Jacobson
Published on Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 at 5:47 p.m.

A subsidiary of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity has sent out an e-mail headlined, "Health Care Mandate Will Require Imprisonment and Fines for Americans Who Can’t Afford to Purchase Insurance or Pay Hefty Government Penalties."

Both the House and Senate bills would impose taxes designed to prod Americans who are uninsured into buying insurance. Exemptions would be provided for families of limited means. Backers hope that no American actually pays the tax; they want to see people spending those dollars on health insurance instead.

But what would happen to someone who refuses to pay? Could someone really end up in prison for lack of health insurance?

The answer is: Not very likely. That's why we rate the claim Barely True .

 

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