Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Benedict XVI: "Let Us Learn From The Lord Jesus Not To Judge"
Pope Benedict XVI greets faithful during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 21, 2010. (Daylife-AP)
JP2 Tribute song:
St. Joseph concert:
Finding Fatima trailer:
Australian Father Mark Podesta:
L'Osservatore Romano defends Pope against Fr. Hans Küng
Abuse cases in the US fall to lowest levels
Father Frank Pavone's call to action
Catholic RNC Chairman Steele counters Shep Smith, Rino David Frum & ObamaCare
Congresswoman Bachmann moves to reverse the bill
Vatican's new Twitter
Poland travel website
The "religion of peace" strikes again in Pakistan
2nd edition of Cardinal Ratzinger's book released
IRS to enforce "Health Reform"-ObamaCare
The bill states that the purpose of the mandates is to regulate “economic and financial decisions about how and when health care is paid for, and when health insurance is purchased.”
The mandates require that all Americans carry a minimum level of health insurance or pay a separate tax for every month they are without such coverage. All employers with 50 employers or more will also be required to provide their employees with that same minimum level of coverage.
While that minimum level of coverage will be defined at a later date by the Department of Health and Human Services, it will be the responsibility of the IRS to monitor individuals and employers and to punish those who do not comply.
Under the bill, which passed despite bipartisan opposition March 21, starting in 2014 the IRS would be responsible for monitoring which employers are complying with the mandate and which ones are not. The IRS would begin such monitoring of individuals’ health insurance status in 2014 as well.
The IRS would monitor individuals and businesses’ health insurance statuses through the mandatory reporting the bill requires. Under the law, every individual and most businesses are required to report to the IRS, on their tax returns, whether they have purchased or provided the required level of coverage and disclose to the IRS which months, if any, in which they failed to do so.
Using this information, the IRS would then determine whether an employer or individual falls under the mandate, which contains exceptions for religious conscience, hardship, incarcerated persons, and members of Indian tribes.
If either an individual or a business has failed to comply with this mandate for any month out of the year, they are required to pay a separate tax to the IRS. For individuals this is a maximum of $750 per person (up to $2,250 per household) and $750 per uncovered employee for businesses.
Because these penalties would each apply on a monthly basis, individuals and employers would have to pay 1/12th of the maximum penalties for each month they failed to comply with the mandates.
In order to carry out its new monitoring and enforcement duties, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the IRS will need $10 billion in additional funds, funds which were not made available under the health reform bill.