Comment: It's NOT a TAX. No more so than a speeding ticket is a tax.

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It's NOT a TAX. No more so than a speeding ticket is a tax.

It's a PENALTY for NOT having bought insurance which they CAN'T force you to do.

But the thing that differentiates a TAX from a PENALTY (or a FINE) is whether you GET something for your payment.

If you actually GET something for your money, then it's a tax.

If you don't get anything for your payment then it's a penalty.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul